Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that Nigeria needs a president who understands the economy.

Former President Obasanjo said this on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Foursquare Gospel Church annual public lecture in Lagos.

Quoting Helmut Schmidt, a former chancellor of Germany, the former president said, “if the people in Africa have to make it, all their political leaders must have good grounding in economy”.

Commenting on a lecture delivered by Matthew Kukah, bishop of the Catholic diocese of Sokoto, he said even Jesus had a sound knowledge of the economy.

He highlighted that politics must be the most serious game created by man, saying that there must be a balance of politics, faith and economy for the country to get it right. The former president said that:

“There is no doubt at all that if we have to get it right the three (economy, faith and politics) must go together”.

“One of my international friends, the late Helmut Schmidt, who was a former Chancellor of Germany, he died at the age of 96 about three years ago, I was at the burial and he said if we in Africa have to make it, all our political leaders must have good grounding in economy.

“As a fact from Bishop Kukah, even Jesus Christ understood the economy and if you have a leader who does not understand economics, then you cannot have a leader that will satisfy the need of the people, the physical and the material needs of the people”.

This is the former president first public comment since the emergence of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Abubakar, had served former President Obasanjo as vice president throughout the eight years that the former president presided over the affairs of the country. And on Sunday, October 7, 2018 Abubakar paid tribute to former President Obasanjo in his acceptance speech as he was proclaimed the PDP candidate.

Though the former president is opposed to the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari and having worked against Abubakar’s presidential ambition over the years, former President Obasanjo has a tough choice to make in 2019.

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