Iyabo Obasanjo, daughter of former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, made this statement during an interview with Kikelomo Iwajomo.
The 49-year-old former senator who currently lectures on Global Health at the Virginia Military Institute in the United States of America (USA) said:
“My father is very intelligent and I tell people this. I have met many intelligent people throughout my life. I have met some of the world leaders that we all know and they are smart. I think, my father is one of the smartest people of this generation anywhere and he’s almost 80.
“He is also not materialistic. He looks at problems and tries to solve them, which is what leadership in Africa lacks. When he made decisions, he might have made the wrong ones sometimes, but they were all in the interest of the country. His ego may be a big issue but in terms of money and material things, he doesn’t really care.
“I think we are both very outspoken, frank and we can rationalize issues and think them through. It means a lot. I think that I grew up in an environment where your ability to solve problems, read a lot and understand situations were very important. I didn’t grow up thinking that money was the most important thing in life. I didn’t grow up thinking that your parents’ money made you special or different. I grew up with the idea that solving problems makes this world a better place.
“Given the history of Nigeria, for even Africa in general, my father is exceptional. I think he is the best. There is no doubt about that because we have really had bad leadership. A few of our presidents shouldn’t have been made to even run a nursery school let alone a country. So, we have had that problem. I have mentioned already, my father is not greedy or selfish. I agree my father is the best because he was the only one trying to solve problems. He couldn’t solve every one of them but he is the only leader apart from maybe the ones in the early 1960’s. What messed up his leadership was his ego. You can understand the ego if you are that smart in a country that has some leaders who are morons.”