Chief Olusegun Osoba, a former governor of Ogun state has taken a swipe at former president Olusegun Obasanjo for his constant attack on everyone.

According to the ex-governor, Obasanjo sees nothing good in anyone, The Punch reports.

He made this statement while speaking to journalists after the ex-president claimed that Chief Obafemi Awolowo was never the leader of the Yoruba but was only elected leader by his supporters.

Osoba’s reaction comes just days after Chief Ebenezer Babatope, a former minister of transport issued a stern warning to Obasanjo over his statement on Yoruba leadership.


Osoba said: “I would not like to judge Chief Obasanjo because as I am trying to put the facts straight, I don’t want to join him in condemnation of individuals. I respect him for his own strong points and weaknesses. But one thing I disagree with him is his condemnation of virtually everybody and even those around him.

“Wole Soyinka is not good, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is not good, Atiku Abubakar is not good, Reuben Abati is useless, Doyin Okupe is not to be associated with. Who then is good?”

According to Osoba, even the late MKO Abiola who gave his life for democracy did not escape Obasanjo’s criticism.

“Whether he likes it or not, MKO Abiola will forever be the symbol and hero of modern day democracy in Nigeria. When Abiola couldn’t negotiate his freedom by signing away his mandate to General Sani Abacha, he laid down his life and I expect Chief Obasanjo to understand the fact that he became a beneficiary and should see Abiola as a hero.

“Nobody can claim to be the only hero in any society. Society is a team. Within our Egba community, the Ransome-Kutis are heroes. Their mother was an activist, Fela was an activist, Beko Ransome-Kuti was an activist. Prof. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti took his father’s nature. He was a gentleman but was also an activist with his philosophy of primary healthcare.

“Wole Soyinka is a hero, Ebenezer Obey is a hero; he recorded over 50 records and delivered philosophical lyrics. Akintola Williams, an Egba man, is the first accountant and is still worshipped today. Society is the totality of a team. A tree can never make a forest and that is where I disagree with Chief Obasanjo. To reduce Soyinka to a wine connoisseur hurts me.”

Former Ogun State Governor Olusegun Osoba.

Former Ogun State Governor Olusegun Osoba.

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Osoba while describing Obasanjo’s book, ‘My Watch’, as a distortion of history, said Awolowo was solidly elected as the leader of the Yoruba in 1966 shortly before the civil war.

Former president Obasanjo had written in his book, titled, “My Watch: Political and Public Affairs,” that no individual can be regarded as the leader of the Yoruba people and that there was nothing like Yoruba leadership in Yoruba land.

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