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Nigeria's Greatest Head Of State. by chyke4u(m): 8:56pm On Sep 15, 2013
MY TOP 3 NIGERIA'S GREATEST LEADERS

1.)
GENERAL YAKUBU GOWON 1966-1975
He was till date Nigeria's youngest head of state. Fondly called "Jack" by his admirers, Gen Gowon is to Nigeria what Abraham Lincoln is to America and what Winston Churchill is to Great Britain. Gowon was a war hero. He guided Nigeria to conquer the seceding Biafra. He is the symbol of Nigeria's unity. A man of decision and purpose, his government laid the foundation of many yet-to-come policies and projects and also built more infrastructures than any administration we have ever had.

HIGHPOINTS

>Prevention of Nigeria's disintegration; An unparalleled achievement. The manner, and the decisiveness of the leadership of General Gowon at the time of the civil war was crucial to stopping the oil-rich eastern region from seceding, thus the Nigerian entity was maintained.

>Division of Nigeria into states. Gowon created 12 states to address the political imbalance and the agitation of ethnic minorities for autonomy.

>the establishment of the National Youth Service Corp [NYSC]

>massive investment in education: the government increased the tally of federal universities from 4 to 12. Built the following universities: Uniben, Uniport, unilorin, unical, unijos, Unimaid, Bayero University, and Usman Danfodio university.

>Introduction of the Naira currency

>Promulgation and implementation of the indeginization decree which reduced foreign ownership of Nigeria's economy and enabling Nigerians to acquire stakes in foreign Nigerian multinationals

>Refocusing Nigeria's foreign policy to be African-oriented and non-aligned to world ideological blocs

>Changing from left-hand drive to right-hand drive

>Enlistment of Nigeria as an OPEC member

>Founding of Ecowas

>Build national stadium, Eko bridge-the 2nd longest in Nigeria, third mainland bridge-the longest in Nigeria and in the whole of Africa, Tafawa Balewa square(Race course), Festac housing quarters, National theater, trade fair complex, Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Badagry expressway, Benin-ore expressway, Dodan Barack, rehabilitation of Onitsha river Niger bridge, Apapa wharf and many others so numerous.

2.)
GENERAL OLUSEGUN OBASANJO 1976-79, 1999-2007
General Obasanjo was the only person to have ruled Nigeria both as a democratically elected leader and as a military head of state. A quintessential reformer, he has restructured government organs than any Nigerian ruler dead or alive.
HIGHPOINTS
> Establishment of NNPC

>Establishment of NTA

>Hosted FESTAC 77

>First successful transition of power to civilian rule.

>Introduction of land use decree

>Built Warri refinery

> Consolidation of banks to strengthen the banking sector

>Liberalisation of the telecom sector paving way for the GSM revolution

>Liquidation of Nigeria's external debt which was valued $30b; a feat in Africa.

>Shoring up of the external reserve from $3 to $35b

>Deregulation of the downstream oil subsector

>Under his rule the economic growth averaged 6% and the GDP jumped to $1500 from $350 in year 1999

>Privatization of moribund public corporation such National oil, Nigeria Union Dicon Salt, Benue Cement Company, etc

>Introduction of N100, N200, N500 denominations

>Establishment of anti-graft agencies notably EFCC and ICPC.

3.)
GENERAL MUHAMMAD BUHARI 1983-1985
If there's any government that had zero tolerance for corruption it is the regime of Gen. Buhari. He brought sanity to the polity and made that corrupt politicians were brought to book.

HIGHPOINTS

>Arrest, trial and detention of government looters, an action which was highly applauded by Nigerians

> Total war on corruption

> Introduction of environmental sanitation exercise which is in still practice till date

>Establishment of the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) program which was highly effective in curbing unruly social behaviours and attitudes towards national life

> Reduction of Importation by placing embargo on the importation of unnecessary commodities
Re: Nigeria's Greatest Head Of State. by Nobody: 9:34pm On Sep 15, 2013
@ OP
I am sorry for you o!

You have been so misguided and deceived that you believe that Thief Obasanjo is 2nd best President undecided

Thief Obasanjo is the worst, or at best the 2nd worst (tiltle for worst president is between him and Evil Looter Babangida a.k.a. IBB).

He was an unmitigated disaster for Nigeria.


Gowon may have been a good leader, but his lack of leadership led to the civil war that cost millions of lives, that alone has irretrievably damaged his legacy.

General Buhari for his fight against corruption gets my vote, together with Gen Sani Abacha
Re: Nigeria's Greatest Head Of State. by emmalexabl(m): 12:01am On Sep 16, 2013
GenBuhari: @ OP
I am sorry for you o!

You have been so misguided and deceived that you believe that Thief Obasanjo is 2nd best President undecided

Thief Obasanjo is the worst, or at best the 2nd worst (tiltle for worst president is between him and Evil Looter Babangida a.k.a. IBB.

He was an unmitigated disaster for Nigeria.


Gowon may have been a good leader, but his lack of leadership led to the civil war that cost millions of lives, that alone has irretrievably damaged his legacy.

General Buhari for his fight against corruption gets my vote, together with Gen Sani Abacha


Now i know you are the most confused NLer..
Abeg take that statement back asap!!
Re: Nigeria's Greatest Head Of State. by Nobody: 11:41am On Sep 16, 2013
Sani Abacha's achievements:

Increased our foreign reserves from zero to $9Bn

Decreased our debt from $36bn to $27Bn

Declined all IMF and World Bank loans

Maintained strong currency at $1 = N22

Reduced inflation from 54% to 8%

National Hospital Abuja

Petroleum Trust Fund - maintaining and improving infrastructure

Construction of largest public housing estate in Africa

National constitutional conference- produced 1995 draft constitution.

Our greatest sporting success - 2 Olympic Gold medals 1996, AFCON winners and many more

Vision 2010 - Blueprint for development up to 2010

Cleansing banking sector

Fighting corruption
Re: Nigeria's Greatest Head Of State. by Nobody: 12:00pm On Sep 16, 2013
Buhari's achievements:

Decreased our debt

Declined all IMF and World Bank loans

Maintained strong currency at N1= $1.14

Reduced inflation from 39% to 3%

Imprisonment of hundred's of corrupt and looting politicians , officials and businessmen and women.

Retrieval of looted funds

Death penalty for drug dealers and armed robbers - resulting in a safe , low crime society

Started the diversification of economy from too much dependency on oil and investing in agriculture

Stopping all non-essential imports therefore benefiting Nigerian businesses, producers / manufacturers

Change of colour of notes, to make stolen or smuggled cash worthless.

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