A socio-political activist, Reno Omokri, has appealed to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN to include the image of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on the expected redesigned Naira note.
According to him, Obasanjo who has been receiving accolades for his role in restoring peace to Ethiopia, remains the greatest Nigerian both living or dead.
Explaining why Obasanjo deserves such honour, Omorki said in a post on his verified Twitter handle that the elder statesman and the current presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar paid off our entire foreign debt during their administration.
He wrote, “I appeal to the Central Bank of Nigeria to consider putting President Olusegun Obasanjo’s image on the redesigned Naira. In my opinion, he is the greatest Nigerian living or dead.
“He and Atiku paid off our entire foreign debt. He entrenched democracy by being the first military leader to have VOLUNTARILY surrendered power to an elected government in Africa.
“And he returned 20 years later to become the first civilian President to democratically transfer power to another elected President.
“General Obasanjo also led the African anti apartheid effort, and spent billions of dollars to bring freedom to South Africa. And after leaving office on October 1, 1979, he became a leader of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group that successfully fought for the release of Nelson Mandela.
“Upon his return as a democratically elected President, he militarily crushed a coup in São Tomé and Príncipe, and personally took the deposed democratically elected leader, Fradique de Menezes, on his Presidential jet, and restored him to power in São Tomé city, the capital.
“Chief Obasanjo also handled the Sharia crisis tactically and peacefully. On the economic front, it was under him that Nigeria had her best ever GDP growth rate in 2002, and he was able to pay off Nigeria’s foreign debt at a time when crude oil sold for $22 per barrel.
“Finally, he governed without any bias to any religion or region, including his own. And to cap it all, he has now brought peace to Ethiopia”.
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