Former President Olusegun Osabanjo recently said that one of the serious problems facing Nigeria is that of economic mismanagement and financial misappropriation. He made this speech on his 78th birthday commemoration at his Presidential Library in Ogun State. He also told that there is a need for him to speak out on this before things goes from bad to worse. However, he did not make mention of financial mismanagement issues during his tenure in office when he was President.
“I am an incurable optimist about this country, and may be because I have seen a little bit in my short span of life, a little bit of what is possible and a little bit of what can go wrong and what can be made to go wrong. Maybe, that is why I am an incurable optimist and I believe that all will be well in this country, we have no choice anyway, all has to be well.
My concern is that we have too many think tanks, we need more of do-tanks. The point is we can do and we have no reason why we can’t do and we have also seen that one individual can make a difference. There is no reason why any Nigerian child, at this point in time, should not have basic education, food and nutrition, and not only Nigeria child, any Nigerian should not go to bed without food. We have the resources to achieve all that. If we are not achieving it, does not mean we don’t have the resources, it is because we haven’t managed our resources well.” he said.