President Muhammadu Buhari has been hailed by former president Olusegun Obasanjo for supporting the successful re-election of Akinwunmi Adesina as President of the African Development Bank (AFDB).
This comes days after the ex-president made critical comments against President Buhari’s handling of the nation’s unity and economy.
Obasanjo who spoke with the leadership of the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN) in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, on Monday, said the President could have rejected the AFDB President’s nomination given that he had served in the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan, his predecessor.
He also thanked some past and present African leaders for their supports during the election period
“I must commend the Federal government for the support given to him to get this second term ticket. You know that the former President, Goodluck Jonathan recommended him before this new government came on board. The government could have rejected him. So, I must commend the President for supporting him all through,” he said.
“Also, let me acknowledged and commended some of my colleagues, the 14 former Presidents in Africa for joining me immediately I drew their attentions to it. Some present Presidents also deserved commendations too.”
Speaking further, the ex-president attributed the success of Adesina to his acquisition of quality education and urged the government to improve in its standard.
“If Adesina had not gone to school, no matter the innate ability God might have given him, he would not have got to where he is today”.
“So, the first thing is how do we get the about 14m children, who are out of school now back to school. 14m children who should have been in school, undergoing education training that will make them to contribute to the development of the country in the near future,” he added.
“It is having good education, that will make them a good product to market in the global world like Adesina. Not only him, we have several like him, including the AFRISM President, Dr. Oramah.”
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