Adebayo Alao-Akala, former governor of Oyo State, has said Nigeria needs an insane leader to move forward.
He said this in an interview with The Punch while responding to a question on leadership in Nigeria.
“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,” he said.
Speaking on allegations that his switch to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was to avoid a probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the former police officer said the commission was against him for the wrong reason.
“They said I joined the APC because I had a case with the EFCC. I swear with all that I have in my possession that I have not approached any APC member to help me because of my case with the EFCC. The case with EFCC is not about any political witch-hunt.
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“They didn’t charge me with embezzlement. They said we constructed some kilometres of road. I asked who did it and they said local government chairmen. Am I a local government chairman? They have charged the wrong person. They are just wasting my time. I didn’t go to the APC because of that; I swear on that,” he said.
Alao-Akala also said his love for jewelry started since he was young. He also said it is impossible for a person to grow up in Ghana and not love jewelry.