Wednesday, 3 February 2016

How Obasanjo tolerated me for over three years, President Buhari reveals.


President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, February 2, express gratitude to former president Olusegun Obasanjo for giving him a chance to serve as the minister of petroleum when he was the Head of State for tolerating him for three and half years.

Speaking in Abeokuta at a ceremony, marking the 40th anniversary of Ogun State, Buhari said he was not used to working as hard as Obasanjo worked, but he tolerated him for that long anyway.

He said, “He tolerated me because God knows and he knows that I am not used to working as hard as he used to, but he allowed me to last that long and allowed me to work.

“If you go into records, that government made so much investment and infrastructural development in the petroleum industry. Two refineries were built, Warri and Kaduna. More than 20 depots were built; more than 3,500 pipelines were laid; and we were exporting refined products of 100,000 barrels per day. But what do we have today?”

He also commended the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun for his people-oriented programmes and prayed that people of the state would continue “being lucky to have a governor that would look after them”.

“I have previously, on commissioning of some projects, expressed my gratitude to the governor of Ogun state for inviting me and identifying me with his success"

“On my commissioning in January 1963, my first posting was to Abeokuta, where 2nd infantry battalion Nigerian army used to be. We were living in wooden flats, which were built in the last war and I was here for some time before I was posted to Lagos.

“But today if you drive me around Abeokuta and you ask me where the barracks is, I assure you that I will get missing. I won’t be able to remember Lisabi Club where we use to sit, those of us who use to drink Fanta and listen to music.

“Your programmes are certainly people-oriented. We have commissioned roads, schools and legal complex headquarters, where I met justices and I made an observation to the governor that women were more than men. I am just wondering that gentlemen, the ladies are taking over in very important profession.”

The president arrived Ogun State on Monday, February 1, in company of chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande among other dignitaries.

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