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Obasanjo, ex-President of Nigeria, launches "Obasanjo Foundation'', in London, to tackle critical problems in food, economy, health and security in Africa
| February 11, 2013
Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria, launched his foundation called the "Obasanjo Foundation'', at the Grosvenor Hotel Park Lane in London, which aims to tackle critical problems in Africa specifically issues related to food, economy, health, security and gender equality. During the launch, which was attended by President Goodluck Jonathan of NIgeria, presidents of Ghana, Liberia and Benin Republic and other top government officials, ex-president Obasanjo spoke about the initiatives of the foundation and said, "The Foundation is aimed at advancing human security in Africa within the context of tackling critical problems in the areas of food, economy, health and security, as well as gender equality." The initiatives of the foundation are those that I feel passionately about and have dedicated my life to work for their advancement. These initiatives are critical to the advancement of human security for my people, people can only progress in life when they are not hungry, when they are educated, and when jobs can be obtained by the youth of a nation." "I make this heartfelt commitment that the foundation will make tremendous progress for those it intend to serve, and will leave a positive legacy throughout Africa. The desire to do good led me into this. Can anyone be tired of doing good? You need the will to do good and a bit of cash." The foundation aims to achieve its objectives through partnerships, creating public awareness of the identified issues, and inspiring actions at all levels. There has also been some criticism of the choice of London as the location for the event. Ina statement, the Human Rights Writers’ Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) condemned the decision to launch the foundation outside Africa. The HURIWA statement partly said, "We totally condemn former President Obasanjo for moving the venue of the inauguration of his foundation to the developed western nation of the United Kingdom which goes to show the total lack of faith and trust by the Nigerian elite on the integrity of hosting any global event on the African soil even when it is clear that most of them ruled Nigeria for years with nothing to show by way of development and the building of sustainable infrastructure. "What is the essence of President Jonathan travelling to attend the launch of the Obasanjo’s foundation in London, the United Kingdom as if to tell the members of the global community that Nigeria is so unsafe that an event like the inauguration of the Obasanjo foundation can not take place in Nigeria? Who are the targeted beneficiaries of this Obasanjo foundation? Are the beneficiaries in Britain or Africa.”

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"Coming In From The Cold"    California, USA    February 15, 2013
Bologna! Who is OBJ fooling? Obasanjo Foundation, my foot. How can you steal from the people at night and give or pretend to give some of it back at day? You may fool some people some of the time but you can't fool me any of the time. I am sick and tired of the so-called African leaders who make a fool of us and themselves.

These thief-by-night and philanthropist-by-day, idiotic and imbecilic African "leaders" think they can keep fooling the whole world. Everyone knows you stole from your people, thereby creating hardship for them. Now you want to help solve some or all the problems you created? That’s bull and you are not fooling anyone. People may not say it to your face but we all know you, OBJ, and others before or after you, are all rouges; so stop pretending.

We don’t need your Foundation, Mr. Obasanjo. Foundation, to Africans, does not mean the same thing to well-meaning people. Your Foundation will be dead, the moment you die.

All we need from you, if you can do it, is for you to return all the money you stole from us; then get Babangida to return his; then make other previous thieves to return theirs; and then stop Jonathan and the current gang of thieves to return theirs or stop stealing from us.

But knowing that I am asking for the impossible, forget you then. Just go and enjoy your loot; we don’t need your “smokescreen” Foundation. And there is no way you can “clean” your name, now that you are getting old; Foundation or no Foundation. It’s like killing the parents of a child and now you want to sponsor and/or help the child become something later in life. Is that supposed to make up for killing the child’s parents? What sense does that make?

My fellow Nigerians, we need to find a way to prevent our so-called leaders (I call them African “bleeders”, as opposed to African “leaders”, as they keep drawing our blood) from stealing from us. The laws are there but how to effectively implement them is the problem. What will a Foundation do for us when we can’t even make our laws work? Our judiciary must wake up. Na so our life be o.
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