A tale of two ex-presidents

Africa: The difference between former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and John Kuffour of Ghana cannot be starker. While Kuffour have been nominated a member of the World Bank Commission created by World Bank Group President, Robert B. Zoellick in October 2008 to focus on the modernization of World Bank Group governance so the World Bank Group can operate more dynamically, effectively, efficiently, and legitimately.   


Obasanjo is engaged in a running battle with groups that are hell-bent on stopping him from giving a lecture at the London School of Economics. The groups of Nigerians (NLF) have been joined by other groups from the DRC in denouncing Obasanjo’s reception by the LSE. Two other groups, Congolese Resistance Council and the Mbongwana group also issued invitation to their members to protest Obasanjo’s presence inside the LSE, calling him “an ex-dictator that murdered thousands who demanded a fair distribution of wealth” in the oil-rich Niger Delta.


The London Metropolitan Police has granted a permit to Nigerians that are mobilizing to demonstrate against former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE).  The former Nigerian leader plans to address students and faculty members of the college regarding the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), for which he is a Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

 This is part of Obasanjo’s effort to rehabilitate himself in the eyes of the international community after his botched effort  to turn himself to a Nigerian tin pot dicatator.


To add insult to injury, the person that announced John Kuffours membership of the August body was no other person than  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the World Bank Group Managing Director and Nigeria’s former minister of finance and later external affairs under Obasanjo.


Announcing the commission’s membership in London she said: “The commission is timely as it further enhances the voice of developing countries in contributing to governance reform within the World Bank Group.”


I am sure with Obasanjo’s history of looting of which Ngozi had an inside knowledge, she dare not… No-one would allow Olusegun Obasanjo near any Bank!


OMOBA….I sign off!