Olusegun Obasanjo said Nigeria needs more rebels that will say ‘no’ when asked to do things that will not benefit the nation.
The former president stated this in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, on Saturday while unveiling the autobiography of the Babanla Adinni of Egbaland, Chief Tayo Sowunmi, titled “Footprints Of A Rebel.”
Obasanjo said “Looking at the title of the book, I ask myself, why would someone call himself a rebel. But it is good.
“But the truth is that if you have to leave a life of honesty and integrity, you have to become a rebel. There would be some time you would be asked have to do something, but you would say no, this is not right. And when you say that you will become a rebel. You may even become a persona non grata.
“Our country, there is no country that we can call our own except Nigeria. Our country, Nigeria, needs more rebels. Those who would look at things straight in the face and say ‘this is not right, this, I will not be part of, this is not good for Nigeria.”
Obasanjo, however, lauded Showunmi.
He said the Octogenarian lived “an exemplary life worthy of emulation by the younger generation.”