BY SUNNY A. DAVID
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described Anambra State Governor-elect, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, as a man of exceptional qualities and a blessing to Nigeria.
He made this remark while making a speech at the maiden symposium of the Emeka Anyaoku Institute for International Studies held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State on March 8, 2022.
The former President who was the Chairman of the event used the auspicious occasion to extol Prof. Soludo’s exceptional abilities.
Prof. Soludo had previously served under Obasanjo’s government when he was President of Nigeria. Speaking furthermore, he remarked that Soludo was more than a Governor-elect whose abilities were exceptional.
President Obasanjo said his exceptional qualities and his remarkable performances as his former Chief Economic Adviser and Central Bank Governor during his administration as President of Nigeria were outstanding and extra-ordinary.
To bring home his point, Obasanjo told the audience that when he appointed Prof. Soludo as the Central Bank Governor, some critics came to him querying why he appointed a non-banker as CBN Governor.
The critics said Prof. Soludo would fail in the assignment as a non-banker and said he replied by telling the critics if Prof. Soludo was going to fail or succeed his performance will determine it.
Chief Obasanjo said years after, the same critics came back to commend him, saying his appointment of Prof. Soludo as CBN Governor was the best appointment he made as President of Nigeria.
Prof Soludo who is the Governor-elect of Anambra State is expected to be sworn in by March 17, 2022 as the next Governor of the State.