According to the former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Lagos will become Africa’s third largest economy before he dies.
The former president made this known yesterday at the book launch of a book titled, “Making Africa Work”, co-authored by the former president and three other authors. The other authors are Greg Mills, Director of Brenthurst Foundation; Jeffrey Herbst, President of NEWSEUM and Dickie Davis, a retired major general.
Obasanjo, who is the chair of Brenthurst Foundation, disclosed that plans are underway for the foundation and Lagos state government to make the state the third largest economy on the continent. In his words ,he said;
“(Even though) People said I look like someone who is in the departure lounge.”
“Lagos will become the third largest economy before I take my boarding pass.”
The former president also said that Africa is not a poor continent, adding that the continent is only poor by choice, urging Africans to focus on wealth creation and job opportunities, saying the continent should complain less about poverty.
“Africa is poorly managed,” he said, adding that, “We are poor by choice (and) we will also get out of that poverty by choice.” He said.
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