Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that only the military trains personnel to be good managers of men and materials.

In a statement on Sunday by his Special Assistant on Media,  Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo declared he never made any remark at the expense of his noble military profession.

In the unverified WhatsApp message which has gone viral and authenticated by a faceless group, called “National Patriots” claimed that the former Nigerian president, said “if you are looking for thoroughbred politician of masters class, visit Lagos Bourdillon.” 

But, according to Obasanjo,  “only the military trains personnel to be good managers of men and materials. So, I cannot disparage my noble profession for politics that has no formal training. This is false and fake,” he said.

The alleged full WhatsApp message by Obasanjo reads as:

“I am not a politician, I am a decorated Soldier, an Army General. If you are looking for thorough bred politician of masters class, visit Lagos Bourdillon, there you’ll find one….” Obasanjo 

“Politics however has no permanent friends or enemies, if you remind me about what Bola said about me 4 yrs ago, have you reminded yourself about what I did to him and his Lagos govt about 20 yrs ago? I almost crashed his govt and State, no governor or government from 1999 to date could have survived what I did to Bola and Lagos, No One. He survived because he has the magic wand. I hope he gets the chance to wave the magic wand over Nigeria.” Obasanjo.

The statement however commended a fact check finder, for a thorough investigation on the report and its subsequent publication.

Kehinde Akinyemi 
Special Assistant on Media 
October 9, 2022


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