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Obasanjo Hails Oti On Stopping ‘Daylight Robbery’ In Abia



Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has hailed Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, for repealing the law that allowed former governors and their deputies to collect pensions.

Obasanjo equally admonished other state governors to emulate Otti to reduce the cost of governance.

The former President spoke during a courtesy visit to Otti at the Governor’s country home in  Nvosi, Isialangwa South Local Government Area.

Obasanjo congratulated the Governor for ending the pension to former governors and former deputy governors which he described as daylight robbery.

“The pension scheme for former governor here is atrocious, it’s like daylight robbery because it allows them to have a house in Abuja and elsewhere and cart away with whatever they feel like carting away yet the pension for ordinary people is unpaid, what sort of leadership is that?

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“And you came and you said there will be an end to that rascality. I congratulate you and I say to you that I hope that some of your colleagues will follow in your footsteps. You have started but you should never be tired.

“You will be discouraged, you will be abused, you will be called names but if we have one-third of our states doing what should be done this country will be a different country and you are doing what should be done,” he said.

The former President, who passed a vote of confidence on Otti, acknowledging his developmental strides which have restored public confidence in the government, urged him to pay more attention to infrastructure, describing the people of Abia State as enterprising.

“I will urge you that you pay adequate attention to infrastructure because if you give infrastructure and you give the type of leadership you are giving now, the people of this state have nothing to worry about because they are enterprising on their own.”

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