What Mobolaji Johnson told me about Obasanjo – Tinubu

Tinubu, Johnson and Obasanjo

Tinubu, Johnson and Obasanjo

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Former Governor of Lagos State and National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Tuesday revealed what the late Brigadier General Mobolaji Johnson told him when former President, Olusegun Obasanjo seized the statutory allocations of Lagos State some years ago.

Obasanjo had in 2005 seized Lagos State statutory allocation because Tinubu created additional 37 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs.

Despite the Supreme Court ordering the then president, Obasanjo to release the allocations, he never obeyed the court’s order until the late Umaru Yar’Adua released the seized allocations in 2007.

Speaking at the Day of Tributes for Mobolaji Johnson at the Onikan Stadium on Tuesday, Tinubu said his time with Johnson was at a critical period when Obasanjo confiscated the allocations of Lagos State.

He said Johnson told him then to ignore Obasanjo and focus on re-engineering Lagos State, which he did and that it paid off.

Tinubu said: “Johnson embarked on re-engineering and assembling the best cabinet to show transparency at that time. He showed courage and strong determination for the benefit of Lagos State. His retirement was sudden following the coup in 1975. He lived a life of great contentment.

“We bid farewell to a man of great integrity. My time with him was at a critical time when I was facing another general who seized the money of Lagos State. He said governor, ignore that man and re-engineer Lagos State. I wish him eternal rest.”

Bola Tinubu extolled the virtues of Johnson, describing him as a man of integrity.

He said Johnson was a true gentleman, a servant leader and a man of incorruptible character, saying that he never used his position to amass personal wealth.

“He did not compromise in his profession. He left a good legacy in public service. He laid a durable foundation for Lagos State. He served the people and made them the cornerstone of social and economic policies.

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  • this old men should leave nigeria alone...we need young leaders to fix the things that already gone wrong

  • BAT is a good politician of our time but OBJ will remain father of Africa. you can not continue to throw stones into the market and you keep living in a glass house ....God bless Naija

  • "What Mobolaji Johnson told me about Obasanjo" is just a caption created by PM News. In no where did Bola Tinubu made that particular statement.

    And here we are some half-backed, badly trained lazy youths have spent so much energy attacking Tinubu for a statement he never made.

    The worst trained generation are those who went to school (primary, secondary or university) between 1985 and 1999. Niheria is in trouble when those ones take over.

  • Tinubu and his 2 bullion vans.

    One day Ambobe will surely tell Nigerians what Mobolaji told him about your 2 bullion vans.

    What a man. What a situation. I take a stroll. Nonsense.

    • Humm hmm! The man should shout up and tell his arrogant president to obey the court ruling and free Sowore & other's!

  • “He did not compromise in his profession. He left a good legacy in public service. He laid a durable foundation for Lagos State. He served the people and made them the cornerstone of social and economic policies." Very much right. Accept mine condolences Marine boy, Deji and Doc. A truly Gentleman with integrity. I believe the Conquerors mourn with you.

    • Talking about old people leaving the stage for the younger citizens what some do not know is that the young ones are the worst. Take examples of former house of representatives speaker, Dimeji and of recent Yahaya Bello. The younger ones are not better.

  • Tinubu's story must be taken with a pinch of salt because Mobilaji is no where to tell us what actually happened. He got us into this mess today through promises that has not been met, no person with a discerning mind will take him serious.Who knows what Mobolaji told others about him? He owes Nigerians explanations about his wealth and bullion Van in his premises the night before elections.

    • What do we expect from you people, at least the name alone hunt you.
      And you think obassanjo is better than tinubu because he belongs to pdp.
      That's good for your belly, but the just shall live by their faith, whom God has blessed no one can cause

  • Nigerian politicians are very funny. How can you extol the virtues of a great leader you dont emukate?