A foremost South West traditional ruler, the Awujale, Oba S.K Adetona, has rubbished the eight year rule of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, describing it as eight wasted years.
Adetona, an ally of Obasanjo, in his book; ‘Awujale: The Autobiography of Alaiyeluwa Oba S.K Adetona, Ogbagba II’, accused the former president of squandering the goodwill he brought to office due to bad politics and pettiness.
“All the enormous goodwill which Obasanjo carried into office was squandered with a performance that left him with a second term short of tangible achievements. Eight years in office was ample time to put electricity on a very strong footing. Eight years was enough to put down a strong foot against corruption and make a clear difference.
“Eight years was adequate for orderliness and the rule of law to triumph in every facet of our society. These were the basis upon which I gave him my support for the office. Some new State Governors have shown how much good can be achieved in a shorter time,” the Oba wrote.
Shedding light on Mike Adenuga’s travails under the Obasanjo Presidency, Adetona said it was due to the perceived closeness of the Globacom owner to ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former Military President Ibrahim Babangida.
The Oba also alleged that Obasanjo had substantial investment in Obajana Cement Company owned by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.
“He reeled off a number of events where he was going to be engaged in the coming months, including the opening of the Obajana Cement Factory. Wait a minute! Something struck me at the mention of Obajana Cement Factory.I told him that I had heard that he and Aliko Dangote jointly owned the cement factory. I told him that I heard Dangote was fronting for him in the venture. His reply was to query whether I believed what I heard. I countered by saying whether I believed it or not was irrelevant to the question that I had asked him. He said nothing further on this.”