Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday descended on the nation’s legislature, judiciary and the police, describing them as corrupt, and that they held no hope for the country.
Obasanjo described the majority of lawmakers at the national and state assemblies as “rogues and armed robbers,” and the judiciary as corrupt.
Obasanjo, however, rated the lawmakers as better than the police in crime and corruption.
He said, “Integrity is necessary for systems and institutions to be strong. Today, rogues, armed robbers are in the state Houses of Assembly and the National Assembly. What sort of laws will they make?
“The judiciary is also corrupt. During my tenure, many of the corrupt judges were removed, some are still there.
“If the Judiciary becomes corrupt, where is the hope for the nation? Justice, no doubt, will go to the highest bidder. The judiciary did not see anything wrong with a former governor but the same set of evidence was used to sentence him in the United Kingdom.
“The police are even worse. Well, I will not lament; I will only say, ‘let us understand our problems and emphasise the good ones.’”
The former President, who spoke at the fourth Academy for Entrepreneurial Studies, Nigeria, annual national conference in Lagos, also did not spare the citizenry, accusing them of lacking in diligence and integrity.
The conference had the theme, “Strong Systems: Necessity for Building a Virile Nation.”
“The problem is that the diligence that was being undertaken before people are appointed or elected is no more today,” Obasanjo said.
He said the country needed strong, stable, enduring and sustainable institutions for the country to remain virile, dynamic and successful.
“I believe we will get there, but all Nigerians must play their roles,” Obasanjo said. punch news.