The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was coy about his contribution to the country’s large population.
Oshiomhole stated this while speaking at the presentation of a book by Eric Osagie, the immediate past Managing Director of The Sun.
The APC chairman in veiled reference to Obasanjo recalled an interview the former president granted BBC Hard Talk wherein he was asked the number of children he fathered with how many women but parried the question.
According to Oshiomhole: “I watched an interview with a former president and I believed that many of us here watched it. Even if the man that reviewed this book referred to it.
“When the host of Hard Talk, that popular BBC programme, asked a Nigerian president (I have enough trouble now so I won’t mention any name but Wike knows the person, he has associated with the person, and he is still being seen by the person) he asked him two questions at different interviews.
“He went on by giving lectures as he usually does. He has all the answers and he said the problem of Africa is lack of population control. The population is grown at the average of three per cent or more and yet the average economy is growing far less than that. That is why poverty remains endemic. So in terms of looking at holistic approach of the African poverty situation, you cannot but focus the on question of population growth.
“And then, this fearless, professional British BBC Hard Talk Host asked him, since you are the president of Africa is most populous nation, how many did you contribute to this population, how many children do you have and how many wives have you married
“I thought for me that was courageous. That leader should not preach what they are not doing. You can be on record to have had so many wives both registered and unregistered, several children, some in dispute and yet you go to the queen’s land to lecture about population.”