[Ekiti]–Aare Afe Babalola, founder and President of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, (ABUAD) has described former President, Olusegun Obasanjo as best President Nigeria ever had.
The lawyer said Obasanjo, who had a rare opportunity to lead the nation for three times, as Military Head of State in the late 70s and elected President from 1999 to 2007, was known to him to be “a very energetic, strong-willed, and stubborn person”, adding that “he is difficult to persuade but he is a progressive man.
“He never became a Professor but he knows better than most professors.
“He is a highly talented man and is the the best President Nigeria ever had,” he added.
The Senior lawyer further said it was Obasanjo’s efforts in support of UNESCO during his tenure that helped in repositioning education properly in the country.
Aare Babalola made the remarks while receiving members of the Yoruba Patriots Group, who nominated him to be their patron.
Speaking about the objectives of the group, its Publicity Secretary, Segun Adewale, who harped on restructuring of Nigeria, said, “The Yoruba Patriots Group was formed in 2005 by progressive Yoruba people who desires progress and unity for the nation.
“We felt that the way the Yoruba nation is being relegated to the background within the commonwealth of Nigeria is not acceptable.
“What we intend to do is a legacy that would survive us.
“And to do this we are consulting with established Yoruba men who love the nation and who have the knowledge and have made serious sacrifices to make Yoruba number one in the world. Aare Afe Babalola is one of them.
“This is why we consult with him to get a template that would make Yoruba the most economically developed nation in Africa. We are working together with all other stakeholders, the South-West governors, other pan-Yoruba groups such as Afenifere and others to achieve this.
“It is when we work together that we can achieve a rapid, systematic and sustainable development.
“The meeting with Aare Babalola has been very successful and he has accepted to be our grand patron.
“Our group is an umbrella for all socio-cultural groups in Yoruba race,” he added.
Speaking on the agenda of the group, Aare Babalola said, “I support the agenda of the Yoruba Patriots that we want to have our rightful place in the comity of nation’s in the country.
“The kind of restructuring that is needed in Nigeria is one that would give autonomy for each ethnic nationalities to manage itself in all areas of economy, education, power and others with the exception of geographical expression,” he said.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg