I was already a young man when OBJ/ATIKU regime took off in 1999. The expectation was high as expected because it was a transition from Military regime to a civilian regime although the military packaged the new president from Prison to Presidency.
The signature of OBJ/ATIKU first term was the introduction of GSM and several scandals while the second term was about reforms and scandals too.
In fact, one can successfully summarized the OBJ/ATIKU regime as simply scandalous because everything they touched, scandals erupted.
Let us start!
1) Elections under OBJ/ATIKU.
Everything that could go wrong went wrong under them during the 2003 elections, they deployed practically everything unimaginable to install their puppet in opposition states.
In fact under suspicious circumstances leading opposition leaders were murdered from Chief Bola Ige, Harry Marshal, etc while Chuba Okadigbo did not survive the tear gas he suffered during a rally against OBJ/ATIKU regime.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1746863.stm Nigerian wanted for minister’s murder.
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/usaafricadialogue/jghXqp6r_Qo Bola Ige Daughter says Obasanjo Haunted by Father’s Ghost !
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2821299.stm Senior politician killed in Nigeria-A leading opposition politician has been shot dead in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, ahead of general elections in April.
https://dawodu.com/aluko34.htm The Political Assassination of Harry Marshall -A Compilation
The do or die concept was the only way elections were conducted under them, several examples abound mainly in the opposition states especially in the South West of Nigeria.
2) Oil licenses allocation under OBJ/ATIKU.
There is no better way to explain this than the recent interview of Chief Wole Soyinka. https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/08/obasanjo-awarded-oil-blocks-for-sex-wole-soyinka/
Some of the cases relating to the oil licenses are still in court till today including the famous OPL245.
Various corruption scandals broke out under Olusegun Obasanjo’s presidency, including one of international dimensions when his vice president was caught in cahoots with a US Congressman stashing cold hard cash (literally) in freezers. In addition to this, the KBR and Siemens bribery scandals broke out under his administration, which was serially [clarification needed] investigated by the FBI and led to international indictments indicating high-level corruption in his administration. According to reports, “while Nigeria dithered, the United States Department of Justice on January 18, 2012 announced that a Japanese construction firm, Marubeni Corporation, agreed to pay a $54.6 million criminal penalty for allegedly bribing officials of the Nigerian government to facilitate the award of the $6 billion liquefied natural gas contract in Bonny, Nigeria to a multinational consortium, TSKJ”. They paid bribes to Nigerian government officials between 1995 and 2004, in violation of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Some other acts of corruption tied to Olusegun Obasanjo included the Transcorp shares scandal that violated the code of conduct standards for public officers, and the presidential library donations at the eve of his exit from power that pressured associates to donate. Obasanjo was also said to widely lobby for his failed campaign to alter the constitution to get a third term by actively bribing the legislators. further deepening corruption at the highest levels.
3) Abuja Stadium / COJA under OBJ/ATIKU
The scandal around the building of the 54billion stadium was ongoing when the actual games actually took place and that was ridded with scandal too.
4) LNG / Power projects under OBJ/ATIKU
‘There are indications that the scandal which has passed through year 1994 under General Abubakar Abdusalami administration to 2004 under President Olusegun Obasanjo administration, entails bribes by Kellogg, Brown and Root, KBR, Halliburton subsidiary to secure the $6 billion contract to build the Bonny Island Natural Liquefied Gas Project for the Federal Government.
The investigative report show that “A network of secretive banks and offshore tax havens was used to channel US$182 million in bribes to Nigerian officials in exchange for US$6 billion in engineering and construction work for an international consortium of companies that includes a then Halliburton subsidiary.”
HSBC Bank in London was disclosed to be the conduit for the bribes.
A prominent name in the United Kingdom (UK) had featured constantly in the Halliburton scandal. Essentially, Jeffrey Tesler, a UK-based lawyer, was indicted for having very close ties with corrupt leaders in Nigeria. He was said to be reputable in the estate business in Nigeria.’
5) PTDF scandals under OBJ/ATIKU
Both President Olusegun Obasanjo and his deputy, Atiku Abubakar, were this morning indicted by the Senate Ad-Hoc committee which investigated the activities of the controversial Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF).
The committee, which submitted its report to the Senate this morning, specifically accused President Obasanjo of abuse of office and diversion of PTDF fund to purposes other than for which the funds were meant. But despite indicting both Obasanjo and Atiku in the management of the funds, the committee failed to recommend any punitive measures for both, preferring the Senate to decide on this.
The Senate committee also recommended the need for the National Assembly to show more interest in the activities of PTDF by exercising its oversight functions on the funds. The report also admitted in evidence testimony of the VP and this was substantially used by the committee to arrive at its conclusions.
6) GSM licence to Glo OBJ/ATIKU
The poster program of their regime was affected by corruption scandal with the utilization of FG money to pay for the licence through inside trading of FG’s money through a private bank from PTDF fund.
7) Refineries and other infrastructure under OBJ/ATIKU
They remained terribly inefficient throughout the 8yrs of their regime.
a. Lagos-Ibadan Express Road – Not done in 16yrs.
b. East-West road – Not completed in 16yrs.
c. 2nd Niger Bridge – Not completed in 16yrs.
d. Loto-Iweto Bridge in Benue – Not completed in 16yrs.
e. No new refinery was built in 8yrs.
f. Several multi million dollars Turn Around Maintenance for the refineries riddled with corruption.
8) Privatization of companies under OBJ/ATIKU
‘Civil rights attorney, Femi Falana, has called on the Nigerian government to immediately commence the prosecution of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, his deputy and cronies involved in the criminal disposal of national assets.
He was speaking to SaharaReporters yesterday at the conclusion of the hearing of the ad hoc Senate committee which is probing the privatisation and commercialization of government businesses since 1999.
Giving the example of the Delta Steel Company in Aladja Delta State, Falana said that the company was built with $3.2 billion by the Nigerian government, roughly translating to N480 billion, but was sold to a company believed to be fronting for Obasanjo for N7.5 billion ($120 million).
He further called for the retrieval of the 128 nationally owned companies “privatized” by the Obasanjo regime to the federal government of Nigeria.’
9) SAGEM and National Identity Card Project under OBJ/ATIKU
A French firm, Safran, has been fined about N100 million (500,000 euros) by a court in Paris for bribing public officials in Nigeria to secure the N33.5 billion contract for the printing of more than 70 million identity cards between 2000 and 2003. Safran, a French aeronautics and defence group, was found guilty by the investigating magistrates, of giving bribes to Nigerian officials that helped it win the contract.
10) Third term scandal under OBJ
Third Term Takes Shape By Ademola Adegbamigbe President Olusegun Obasanjo perfects strategies to elongate his tenure The drama now has all the trappings of a reversal of roles in its comic and serious dimensions. When General Ibrahim Babangida, IBB for short, was military President, riding roughshod over his subjects, manipulating politicians like a puppeteer and adopting all the tricks in the book to sit tight in office, Olusegun Obasanjo, a retired general tending his fowls and pigs in his Ota farm, was a pain in his neck.
Democracy is a game of numbers where majority we have their way and minority their say.
While it remains the responsibility of everyone to make a choice when it comes to leadership of a country but history will be kind when one makes genuine efforts to improve the quality of leadership of once country.
It is people’s choice to make whether to vote to A-ti-ku or not but for anyone who was old enough to remember what transpired from beginning of that OBJ/ATIKU regime till the end to even contemplate voting for one of them, then the person deserves the leader who or she elects after.
Like seriously, one will honestly leave his or her house to vote for A-ti-ku to lead this great country, it shall be well with US.