President Muhammadu Buhari was in Ogun state on Tuesday in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the state’s creation. Also present at the event was Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, who is an indigene and a resident of the state.
During Buhari’s speech at the event, he recounted his days as the minister of petroleum, during the military administration of Obasanjo. According to Buhari, he was tolerated by Obasanjo, who is reputed to be a workaholic.
“I express my thanks to General Obasanjo, who, as head of state, made me minister of petroleum and tolerated me for three-and-half-years,” the president said, at the event which held in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. “He tolerated me because God knows and he knows that I am not used to working as hard as he used to, but he allowed me to last that long and allowed me to work.”
Elaborating further, he said, “If you go into the records, that government made so much investment and infrastructural development in the petroleum industry. Two refineries were built, Warri and Kaduna. More than 20 depots were built; more than 3,500 pipelines were laid; and we were exporting refined products of 100,000 barrels per day. “But what do we have today?” Buhari asked.
Buhari also commissioned several projects in the state yesterday before leaving in the evening and travelling to France, where he is expected to deliver a speech to the European Union parliament.