Nigeria Would ‘ve Been Better With Obasanjo’s Third Term – Osuntokun
By Clifford Ndujihe & Gbenga Oke Chief Akin Osuntokun, erudite public affairs commentator was a senior aide in the Olusegun Obasanjo administration serving variously as a campaign adviser, presidential adviser and as Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN. Osuntokun, who is worried by the state of affairs in the country in this interview makes profound comments and suggestions not only in solving the present drift, but also gives insights on how the component units of Nigeria can be joggled into a more productive entity to the benefit of all. He also spoke on Chief Obasanjo’s contributions to national unity saying that Nigeria could have been on a better platform if the Third Term agenda had succeeded. Excerpts: What is your take on the state of affairs in the country? We are in a situation called ‘flux’ and it is very difficult to make any sense of what is going on in Nigeria presently. Also, we are just coming out of a mini-political crisis and that is the crisis of the president’s health. That the President, a 74- year old man, who has led a very productive and busy life, gets sick is no news. It is just a fact of life but what makes it problematic is that the position he occupies requires the full attention and ministration of body, soul and spirit, and if ill- health will deprive him of doing that, then governance will suffer. He told us he is scheduled to return to his doctors in London repeatedly. He came back about three weeks ago and confessed that he had never been this sick all his life.