Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Nigeria, like many mineral-rich African countries, has again come under strong criticism and this time, ironically, for the ever-increasing poverty rates in the country.
The latest criticism comes from Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who ruled the country twice in his capacity as a military general and later as a democratically elected civilian head of state.
Media reports on Friday said he has lashed out against the Buhari-led government for the recent ranking of the country as the poorest in the world.
He told the Lagos State chapter of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) executive members, who visited him in Abeokuta that the nation’s poverty index could not be separated from the current administration’s handling of the economy.
But from all indications, Obasanjo himself had not succeeded in pulling his country out of the poverty syndrome he is presently criticising.
Obasanjo is the founder of the ruling All Progressists Congress which Buhari is heading.
In his latest criticism, Obasanjo compare India’s 1.3 billion population compared with Nigeria’s estimated 180 million, and said “yet, we still have the poorest citizens in the world. Nigeria does not deserve this, and this is the truth !”
He called on Nigerians to be united in getting the right leadership for the country, insinuating that Nigerians should not vote Buhari in for a second term.
© Bur-csa – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)