I Don’t Think President Buhari Is Getting It Right- Iyabo Obasanjo

After her whole public drama with her
father, Ex-President Obasanjo and leaving office, Iyabo Obasanjo has since
relocated to the Unites States where she now teaches. In this interview culled
fom Vanguard, she speaks about Nigeria, the just concluded United States
election and why she thinks President Buhari isn’t getting it right. Read…
So, what is your assessment of developments
in Nigeria?
Sad! How a country with so many talented
people could be in such mess is saddening. It is the future that actually is
frightening. How are children and grandchildren going to do in the future when
no one is planning for the future?

Do you see the “Change” Nigerians made at
the federal level last year leading the country in the right direction?
Twice recently I have come across
interviews of the President (Muhammadu Buhari) and it seems his focus is just
on oil and gas. Focusing on oil and gas, a natural resource we have no control
over is what got us to where we are and somehow he thinks it will get us out!
The time of oil as a king commodity is past and never coming back. In the
history of humanity, the commodity that becomes king changes from time to time.
From the time of the OPEC formation in the early seventies till now, oil had
been king. It will no longer be because if we continue using it at the rate, we
have in the last 100 years we will not have a planet. Countries that didn’t use
their income from oil to generate other sources of income will be in dire
straits, hence Nigeria’s economic woes. Taking oil for granted as if it would
be at high prices forever is idiotic. Now if change means more focus on oil and
gas as the President is saying then obviously change has not come.
Your party or would I say former party, PDP
is today torn asunder. How do you think the PDP got to this stage and how do
you think the party can be revived?
I have no idea but it is not only about the
PDP, almost everything in the country is upside down.
What is your perspective on the elections
in the United States? What do you think led to the emergence of Mr. Donald
Trump as president?
I don’t think the elections were about
electing Trump; it was about rejecting Hillary Clinton, but I am not sure that
lesson was learned.

Do you see yourself ever playing any political
role in Nigeria in the near future? 


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