Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has commended the Nigerian Government for the support given at ensuring successful re-election of the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina.
Penpushing reports that, Obasanjo said this on Monday when the leadership of the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN), led by the National President, Desmond Nwachukwu paid him a courtesy call at his Penthouse located within Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
The former President who was responding to remarks made by the FIBAN President on the support given to Adesina, added that education played a vital role in the success so far made by him and other Nigerians doing the country proud in their different endeavour.
“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,” Obasanjo said.
Penpushing further reports that, Obasanjo also emphasized on the importance of education, noting “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.
“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,” Obasanjo said.
The Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria (FIBAN) boss had earlier disclosed that the former President’s penchant for grooming talents for leadership positions led to the emergence of Adesina, and as such, “the association is therefore using this opportunity to congratulate you on the historic re-election of Adesina.
“And we are ready to make our doors opened for you to equally tap from many of our qualified members for such leadership positions”, Nwachukwu said.
Penpushing also reports that, the President of the association also hinted that the proposed School of Broadcasting in Abeokuta, is to be name after the former President.
Meanwhile, on the entourage of the President were the 2nd National Vice President, Hellen Okon, member of the Board of Trustees Gbenga Adebayo-Oladunni, Veteran Broadcasters Ibiyemi Ajadi, Asamu Akinrinde, while others are; Femi Omilani- Chairman, Ogun State chapter, Adekunle Abolade, Chairman, Osun State Chapter and Seun Awodele of the Oyo State Chapter among others.