Former President Olusegun Obasanjo while speaking with africanarguments in an interview said that state governors are more powerful than President Muhammadu Buhari or any other Nigerian President.
‘In fact, state governors are more powerful than the president. That’s the truth’, he said
Obasanjo further stated that President Buhari has not done enough on recession and employment.
“Buhari has made some announcements. He has tried to keep on going in the area of agribusiness, but not enough. It is not yet enough to prepare the ground for uninhibited growth of the economy, which we need”.
According to him, Buhari has more to do in the area of youth empowerment. “All youth in Nigeria have legitimate reasons to feel frustrated and angry,” he added
He noted that those who are agitating for the sovereign state of Biafra do not know why they are doing so.
“The protesters don’t even know what the struggle is all about, but if it gives them false hope, why not hang onto it?”
“Let the elders handle it or ignore it until it loses momentum,”
“There are elders in any community who are still respected…After all, they’re their fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers, and can still be used effectively.” he said.
Regarding the issue of federalism, the former president said that he does not believe in it and that those calling for true federalism don’t know what they are saying;
“I don’t believe in true federalism. What is true federalism? “Why are they not accountable? What powers do they not have?”,
“In fact, state governors are more powerful than the president. That’s the truth,”
“If anybody tells you they want devolution or true federalism, he doesn’t know what he is talking about.
“The fact anybody talks about it doesn’t mean it’s right.” he said.