Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has jokingly stated that Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, gave him one of the worst advise while he was still the president.
Olusegun Obasanjo spoke in Owerri, at the graduation ceremony of students of Rochas Foundation.
“As you may all know, Rochas was one of the advisers I had when I was president. All the bad things that happened to this country under my presidency was advised by Rochas Okorocha,” Obasanjo said.
The former President however lauded Okorocha’s sterling qualities, adding that he is doing much to provide education for the teeming poor masses in the state.
According to him, “He (Okorocha) has never stopped to surprise me. He is a man of vision, of ideas. He is a thinking man. And when he explained to me his ideas about education, what he has done, I was marveled. I doff my hat for you, Okorocha.
“Let me say this, the beginning of the development for any country is education. And the extent that we take education seriously, that is the extent that we take development seriously.”
Furthermore, he said that “Rochas is not just dealing with education; he is dealing with education for the underprivileged in general. Which means that if the poor and the underprivileged will rise above their disadvantaged position, it is only through education.
“And with what I have seen today, I have no regret at all to accept his offer for me to be part of this wonderful programme and wonderful development agenda to our country and for our continent.”