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CHIEF OBASANJO AS ANOTHER FAILURE.

February 02
10:34:29 2018
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo's words in the year 1999 are still fresh in my mind. I remember that morning when I was listening my daily FRCN national news before proceeding for the day's work. OJB was just inaugurated as our newly elected President then. He promised Nigerians that before his tenure ends, he would provide the country with uninterrupted power supply wherever electricity was accessible. "And if outage is necessary, it should not last for more than an hour", he promised us.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo's words in the year 1999 are still fresh in my mind. I remember that morning when I was listening my daily FRCN national news before proceeding for the day's work. OJB was just inaugurated as our newly elected President then. He promised Nigerians that before his tenure ends, he would provide the country with uninterrupted power supply wherever electricity was accessible. "And if outage is necessary, it should not last for more than an hour", he promised us. I was listening with elation as I ate my breakfast, and I personally believed him then because I had high opinion of him, his strength and his patriotism and his ability to deliver.

That same year, he inherited an PHCN that was generating less than 4,000 megawatts of electricity. Chief Obasanjo began to heavily "invest" in the sector. The four year term ended and he was re-elected; and he then, continued to "invest" in the sector for another four years. After a comfortable eight years, the highly placed Chief had "invested" more than $16billion dollars in the sector. If you ask me how much is that amount in naira, I don't know how many trillions are there.

Significantly, however, the achievement recorded with that unprecented investment was handing over to late Umaru Musa Yaradua the Presidency with the same record of PHCN generating less than 4,000 megawatts of electricity. And Nigerians were accessing electricity supply no more than the used to access during the reign of Late Abacha and the one year rule of Abdussalami. A major leapt from ground zero to the same ground zero aptly describe the empty promise of the much revered OBJ..

In contrast, however, the PMB administration he recently derided has spent less than three years in office. It has also been spending only what is within the budget for electricity. But it has now recorded a 7,000 megawatts of electricity generation. The highest ever recorded in the history of Nigeria. And Nigerians are accessing more electricity supply.

Now, my concern is not to revisit the Obasanjo era or its many failures as a democratically elected administration, but, using only this narration above as a yardstick, to require convincing basis for the same person floating a new political party and presenting it to Nigerians as an alternative to PMB administration. If he thinks the PDP he left that is trying to reorganise and the APC that is leading Nigeria today are not good platforms enough to effect the change Nigerians yearn for, he should know that a lot of Nigerians also think the same and have aired this views at various times. But what he fails to understand is that Nigerians no longer think of him as a model. He does not have the respect to garner Nigerians to unseat PMB with his ragtag political Party. And the earlier he gets out of that delusion, the better. Because, in truth, most Nigerians now think of him as a disappointment and another failure as far as the delivery of good governance is concerned.
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