A legal luminary who is the founder and president of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola, has claimed that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is the best president to have ruled Nigeria.
Babalola stated this at the weekend when he hosted the Yoruba Patriots Group who went to him with a proposal that he should be their grand patron.
After accepting the proposal, Babalola described former President Obasanjo as “a very energetic, strong-willed and stubborn person.”
According to him, “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.”
The legal luminary said it was Obasanjo’s efforts in support of UNESCO during his tenure that helped in the repositioning of education properly in this country.
Babalola, while speaking on the agenda of the group, 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,” saying “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. ”
Speaking on the group, its publicity secretary, Segun Adewale, who reiterated 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.
“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.”