Former Head of the Interim National Government in Nigeria has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as an “exceptionally patriotic” man worthy of honour.
Mr. Shonekan who likened the former President to a biblical prophet said Mr. Obasanjo was not being honoured the way he deserved.
The former head of state spoke, Tuesday, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital, at the launch of a book titled “Olusegun Obasanjo, Passing the Torch,” written by Albert Omolayo, a diplomat.
“As I have always said, Chief Obasanjo can be likened to the Biblical prophet who is never honoured in his own country and among his people,” Mr. Shonekan said
“I say this because those of us who know him can tell you that you may take anything from Chief Obasanjo, you cannot take his love for Nigeria from him. He is exceptionally patriotic,” he added.
The former Nigerian leader described Mr. Obasanjo as “passionate about Nigeria and always ready to engage anybody who is against the unity of Nigeria.”
“He does not hide this and I think it is a good virtue when a man of his stature and age is still physically and emotionally committed to the unity of the country,” he said.
Mr. Shonekan who advised public officials to serve as good role models to young Nigerians described Mr. Obasanjo as an ideal role model.
“It is only when we celebrate our heroes that emerging leaders can see them more as guiding lights and the heroes can work harder to achieve more for the country,” he said.
The book launch saw many Nigerians pouring accolades on the former president, with prominent lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Afe Babalola, describing Mr. Obasanjo as a patriot who had contributed immensely to the attainment of peace and reconciliation within and outside the shores of Nigeria.