The former Nigerian President was celebrated in Abeokuta.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday declared that any leader not ready to step on toes does is not worth being the leader of any nation, as such will have nothing to offer.
Mr. Obasanjo stated this in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital, at the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) organised programme to celebrate him as a national statesman, held at the Cinema Hall of the popular Presidential Library Complex.
The former president emphasised that anybody who is not courageous should not venture into accepting a leadership position, stressing that the quality of good leader is ability to act appropriately.
‘If you don’t have courage on what to do as a leader, don’t accept leadership role. If you can’t defend your action, don’t accept leadership roles. It is either you are a leader or not. If you are afraid to do what to be done, don’t accept to be a leader,” Mr. Obasanjo emphasised.
He added further that for any nation to move forward, leaders must be ready to step on toes stressing that a qualitative leader must be able to defend his/ her actions.
“You can’t be a leader and you say you don’t want to step on toes,” he said.
The former President also spoke on the civil war, calling on all Nigerians to put the war behind them in other to move the country forward. He explained that it is a wound that should not be nursed again.
“Time has come in Nigeria to put civil war behind us. Whether you call it Biafran war or otherwise, I believe enough is enough on the Nigeria civil war,” the retired General and civil was leader said.
“If I have opportunity to remove my trouser, I will show you where shrapnel in my body. It is very close…”the retired army general told the gathering.
Notable dignitaries at the colourful ceremony include former Ghanaian President, John Kuffour; former Interim Head of State, Ernest Shonekan; Senate President, David Mark; and Ogun State Deputy Governor, Segun Adesegun.
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