We Are Hope­ful Of A New Leader, Says Obasanjo

• Buhari’s Hand Is Too Weak • Sachs Rues Nige­ria, Oth­ers’ Ed­u­ca­tion Records

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Clara Nwachukwu and Chi­jioke Nel­son, Bali, In­done­sia

FROM far­away East Asian coun­try of In­done­sia, for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo, last night, said Pres­i­dent, Muham­madu Buhari would be ousted in the 2019 elec­tion for poor per­for­mance and in­ac­tion on ur­gent mat­ters that of­fer eco­nomic ben­e­fit for all.

At the Bab­car N’di­aye lec­ture se­ries or­gan­ised by African Ex­port Im­port Bank (Afrex­im­bank) on the side­lines of on­go­ing In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund/world Bank Group meet­ing in Nusa Dua, Bali, In­done­sia, Obasanjo said Nige­ria needs to as­sert it­self among the League of Na­tions, and only smart lead­ers would take the op­por­tu­nity. The devel­op­ment, which is more like a tacit en­dorse­ment of an­other pres­i­den­tial hope­ful, is also a clear in­di­ca­tion that Obasanjo has fully de­clared his non-sup­port for Buhari’s re­turn.

Obasanjo, who spoke at the event, ti­tled: “Global Power Dise­qui­lib­rium: Trade Wars and Im­pli­ca­tions for Africa,” noted the im­por­tance of re­spond­ing to in­ter­na­tional en­gage­ments and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that should be tapped into quickly to grow the coun­try.

He said: “I can as­sure you that Nige­ria will soon sign. Hope­fully, we will soon have a pres­i­dent that will be able to sign it, be­cause the in­cum­bent pres­i­dent’s hands are too weak to sign.” Mean­while, the Di­rec­tor of Cen­tre for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment at Co­lum­bia Uni­ver­sity, Prof. Jef­frey Sachs, said three out of four chil­dren in Africa are dropouts, con­tribut­ing to the con­ti­nent’s un­der­de­vel­op­ment.

The World-renowned econ­o­mist, who also dis­cussed the topic, said there was a global fund to fight dis­eases 18 years ago and now, there is need for an Africa fund to en­sure qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for ev­ery child.

Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo, SAN, de­liv­ered a lec­ture at Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity and also in­au­gu­rated the In­ter­na­tional Ad­vi­sory Board of the uni­ver­sity's African Stud­ies Cen­tre on Fri­day. Here, he is with some of the stu­dents of Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity who at­tended the spe­cial lec­ture. PHOTO: NOVO ISIORO

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