The ex-Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo made this comments on Wednesday, November 23, during the first Akintola Williams Annual Lecture in Lagos.
Below are seven important things Obasanjo said to Buhari:
“Now that we have had change because the actors and the situation needed to be changed, let us move forward to have progress through a comprehensive economic policy and programme that is intellectually, strategically and philosophically based.”
“Businesses are closing, jobs are being lost and people are suffering. I know that President Buhari has always expressed concern for the plight of the common people but that concern must be translated to workable and result-oriented socio-economic policies and programmes that will turn the economy round at the shortest time possible.
“We cannot continue to do the same thing and expect things to change. That will be a miracle which normally doesn’t happen in normal national economies.
“The economy requires a great element of trust to get it out of the doldrums, let alone out of negativity. That trust and confidence has to be created.”
“When justice is only for sale and can only be purchased by the highest bidder, impunity and anarchy would be the order of the day and no one would be safe. In this regard, drastic action was needed to save the situation, albeit one would have preferred an alternative that would serve the same purpose, if there was one.
“May God continue to imbue the executive with the necessary wisdom and courage to clean the dirty stable of the judiciary and the bar for the progress and the image of our nation.”
“Budget padding must not go unpunished. It is a reality, which is a regular and systemic practice. Nobody should pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians.”
Obasanjo also called the National Assembly “a den of corruption by a gang of unarmed robbers.”