Former Oyo State governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, has voiced his opinion on the kind of president Nigeria requires to fulfill its potentials.
In an interview with Punchng.com ahead of his 70th birthday next Wednesday, Akala said Nigeria was not short of ‘good leaders’ who allegedly were bogged down by influence peddling.
The retired Assistant Police Commissioner rated ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo highly among past and present leaders saying the country will be better off with a president that has a modicum of mental ill-health.
He told the paper: “We had good leaders but our good leaders were not allowed to do what they were supposed to do. We need a Nigerian who is slightly insane to lead us. We need a leader that would not look at anybody’s gesture.
“We need a leader that would just act right. If you want to do what is right, don’t do something that is popular. It may be popular but it may be wrong. If it is not popular but right, at the end of the day, people would enjoy it. We have not had people who give attention to what is happening to us in Nigeria apart from Olusegun Obasanjo. I am a 70-year-old man and I have seen it all. Obasanjo has his shortcomings; but you cannot be a perfect man. Obasanjo is a Yoruba man but did you see any Yoruba who benefitted from his government? He first sees himself as a Nigerian.”