Praises has been showered on Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo for his impact in the country and the suggestion to print his image on the new naira notes which the Central Bank of Nigeria sets to redesign follows.
This new development came up after former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar had made the suggestion over the weekend while acknowledging Obasanjo’s role in restoring peace in Ethiopia after two-year-long crisis, adding that he deserved a Nobel Peace prize for the feat.
Nation News Lead reported that, the crisis between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front came to a halt on Wednesday after talks and an agreement ruled out by Obasanjo, ex-Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and a former Deputy President of South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
While applauding the role of his former boss, Atiku tweeted, “I celebrate the extraordinary prowess of His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in bringing peace to Ethiopia. I am not surprised. I know my boss. He did the same thing in Liberia and São Tomé and Príncipe during our time in office.
“If for nothing else, he is most deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize, and I will nominate him when entries are open for nominations. Africa is blessed to have a statesman of such impeccable democratic credentials as Chief Obasanjo, a man whose image ought to be on the redesigned naira note, to inspire future generations of Nigerians to sacrifice for their nation and continent.”
In the same vein,Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, on his Twitter handle, appealed to the Central Bank of Nigeria to consider the suggestion of imprinting obasanjo’s image on one of the redesigned naira notes.
“I appeal to the Central Bank of Nigeria to consider putting President Obasanjo’s image on the redesigned naira. He is the greatest Nigerian living or dead. He and Atiku paid our entire foreign debts. He entrenched democracy and has now brought peace to Ethiopia.
Obasanjo ended the Nigerian Civil War, Liberian Civil War, prevented a civil war in São Tomé, and has now ended the Ethiopia-Tigray Civil War, and someone is saying that the CBN should not put him (his image) on the redesigned naira note because he is still alive? Nonsense!
“South Africa put Mandela’s image on their currency while he was still alive. Benin Republic put living Olympians on her currency. Many other nations have living people on their currencies. President Obasanjo deserves the honour for what he has done for Nigeria and Africa!.”