Amidst the perpetual ups and downs confronting growths and peaceful coexistence of Nigerians, a former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has spoken on the caliber of leader that the country needs to survive the current challenges, using a rebel as an analogy.
Obasanjo made the disclosure yesterday in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, at the unveiling of the autobiography of the Babanla Adinani of Egbaland, Chief Tayo Sowunmi, as part of the celebration of his(a Sowunmi) 80th birthday.
According to the elder statesman, Nigeria requires honest people as rebels to move d.
He said people who live life of honesty and integrity have to also be rebels, explaining that life of honesty and integrity embolden one to speak truth to power, not caring a hoot whose ox is gored.
Meanwhile, the autobiography entitled “Footprints Of A Rebel,” was reviewed by Hafsat Abiola – Costello, daughter of the late politician, MKO Abiola, and founder of Kudirat Initiative for Democracy.
Going further, Obasanjo averred that having honest people as rebels remained one of the greatest assets for rebuilding a nation.
He extolled the octogenarian and former activists for living an exemplary life worthy of emulation by the younger generation.
“Looking at the title of the book, I ask myself, why would someone call himself a rebel? But it is good.
“But the truth is that if you have to leave a life of honesty and integrity, you have to become a rebel. There would be some times you would be asked to do something, but you would say no, this is not right. And when you say that, you will become a rebel. You may even become a persona non grata.
“There is no country that we can call our own except Nigeria. Our country, Nigeria, needs more rebels. Those who would look at things straight in the face and say ‘this is not good for Nigeria,” Obasanjo said.
Credit: The Nation.