Buhari not grounded in the economy – Obasanjo
Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo says President Muhammadu Buhari is not grounded in the economy but “he is doing well in his fight against corruption and the battle against insurgency”.
The Nation newspaper reports that, Obasanjo said this at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun state, during a conference on African Development.
“PMB served under me and I know him a little bit. He hasn’t deviated from what I knew him for. Actually he is not a perfect man, indeed no leader can be perfect,” Obasanjo was quoted as saying.
“Buhari might not be grounded in both the economy and foreign affairs, he is doing well in fighting Boko Haram and in his anti-corruption crusade,” he declared.
The former president was also said to have attributed some of the problems in the country to lack of continuity of some good policies initiated by his administration.
He said the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who succeeded him, campaigned for continuity, but jettisoned some of the things his administration put in place when Yar’ Adua came into power.
It was also an occasion for Obasanjo to deride the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan which he said was corrupt.
Serving Nigerian senators did not escape the sharp tongue of the Ota farmer. “The purchase of cars by the Nigerian senators is absolute nonsense, after being given money for cars and house allowances, yet they still appropriated special funds for car purchase,” he said.
The former president whose lecture was entitled ‘What is Right with Africa’ said there are things he would like to change in the Nigerian constitution if given the chance to rewrite it.
Nigeria and Afghanistan, “most corrupt countries in the world” – British PM
British Prime Minister David Cameron has been caught on camera telling the Queen that Nigeria and Afghanistan are two of the most corrupt countries in the world, during a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the monarch’s 90th birthday.
The prime minister made the embarrassing remarks before the government’s anti-corruption summit on Thursday, at which Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, will deliver a keynote address entitled ‘Why we must tackle corruption together’.
Cameron was overheard telling the monarch that “leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries” would be attending the meeting, before singling out Nigeria and Afghanistan.
The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, who was in the audience with the Queen added a bizarre joke as he asked the Prime Minister, “They are coming at their own expense aren’t they?”
“Yes,” responded the prime minister, with a laugh, before adding that the summit could be interesting as everything would be done in front of journalists.
Meanwhile, Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu has reacted to the unguarded remarks saying he was deeply “shocked and embarrassed” by the comments.
Shehu told the BBC that it was unfortunate that current anti-corruption efforts of the present administration were not being acknowledged by Mr. Cameron.
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The White House confirmed on Tuesday that President Barack Obama was set to visit Hiroshima 71 years after US forces dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city to end the Second World War.
The historic visit will be the first by a sitting American president to the site where the US dropped an atomic bomb in 1945, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the final days of the Second World War.
Asked if the trip might be seen as an apology, White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, replied: “If people do interpret it that way, they’ll be interpreting it wrongly.”
The Guardian reports that Earnest declined to comment on the morality of America’s decision to drop the atomic bomb, for which there have been calls for the country to apologize. He said: “The president intends to visit to send a much more forward-looking signal for his ambition of realising the goal of a planet without nuclear weapons.”
Earnest acknowledged that the US bore a “special responsibility” for the bombing of Hiroshima.
“The president certainly does understand the United States bears a special responsibility. The United States continues to be the only country to have used nuclear weapons. It means our country bears a special responsibility to lead the world in eliminating them.
“There’s also no diminishing the important contribution of the greatest generation of Americans who didn’t just save the United States, but saved the world, from tyranny,” he added.
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