Veteran academic and activist Toye Olorode has said that former president Olusegun Obasanjo and the former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala should be charged for the “treasonable scam” they perpetrated in handing over $12bn to “our so-called creditors”
This was celebrated in 2006 as “debt relief”. But the professor dismissed such claims as part of the “neo liberal siege of Nigeria”.
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Olorode argued that eight years of Obasanjo’s rule “destroyed our country” and the destruction “is still going on” in Nigeria’s “alleged democracy”, and Obasanjo was instrumental in choosing the three presidents that followed him and is still pulling the strings today. Obasanjo “institutionalised looting” and carried out a “sustained attack on Nigerian working people”.
Olorede said that the country has been “under siege” of neo-liberalism since 1999. The people that presided over the failed state institutions then sold them off to themselves under privatisation.
He called for the labour movement to better organise itself and a more unified and coordinated approach across unions.