Thursday, April 2, 2015

Gen. Olúsẹ́gun Ọbásanjọ́ (retd), Boss of All Bosses of Nigerian Politics

Chief Olúsẹ́gun Mathew Okikiọla Arẹmu Ọbásanjọ́, GCFR, is the most highly respected Nigerian leader in the world today and author of more than 28 books and whether you like it or not, he is the boss of all bosses of contemporary Nigerian politics since Nigeria's return to democratic rule in 1999.
I prefer to call him General Olúsẹ́gun Ọbásanjọ́ (retd).
He is the first Nigerian military head of state to become a civilian President of Nigeria.

One of the worst political mistakes of out-going President Goodluck Jonathan is to disrespect Gen. Ọbásanjọ́ and breaking the first rule of the 48 Laws of Power: "Never Outshine the Master."

The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene and Joost Elffers

Law 1

Never Outshine the Master

Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite – inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.

General Olúsẹ́gun Ọbásanjọ́ (retd) is currently the indisputable political father and leader of the Yorùbá people. His approval and support of any politician goes a long way in influencing his people to follow his command. Losing his support and vote cost President Goodluck Jonathan millions of votes in the south west region of Nigeria.

Ọbásanjọ́ has more national political influence than any other politician in Nigeria since his heroic exploits in the Nigerian civil war chronicled in his best selling war memoir "My Command" published by the Heinemann African Writers Series (AWS) that confirmed him as a national hero and endeared himself to the northern political leadership as the right hand man and second in command to General Murtala Ramat Muhammed (November 8, 1938–February 13, 1976) whom he succeeded to become the first Yoruba head of state in 1976 until he handed over to Alhaji Shehu Shagari in 1979.

Then Ọbásanjọ́ also won the hearts of millions of Igbos with his best selling book "Nzegwu", on Major Patrick Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, (1937–1967), the daring revolutionary soldier and when he appointed Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to head the Ministry of Finance; Charles Chukwuma Soludo to head Central Bank of Nigeria; Mrs. Ndidi Okereke-Onyuike as Director-General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and Bright Okogu as the Director-General of the Budget Office. He appointed Fabian Osuji, Chinwe Obaji and Obiageli Ezekwesili in succession as the Minister of Education, and the late great Amazon Dora Akunyili as the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). Finally, Ọbásanjọ́ "broke a taboo by appointing Ambassador Thomas "Tom" Aguiyi-Ironsi (the son of Nigeria’s first military head of state, Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi) as Minister of Defence and "made history by appointing Air Marshal Paul Dike as Nigeria’s first Igbo service chief in 2006 when he appointed Dike as the Chief of Air Staff.". Lest we forget, the prominent Igbo Ambassador and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe is still one of his closest political allies.

For a detailed account of his local and global influence, see "The Three Categories of Those Attacking Chief Olusegun Obasanjo" published on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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