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Obj, Alakija argue over how she made her billions



Obj, Alakija argue over how she made her billions

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and one of Africa’s richest women, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija were in disagreement over the weekend as to how she hit oil, and became rich and successful.

While Mrs. Alakija noted that her effort to rise in business was almost frustrated by the Obasanjo administration, the former President averred that in fact, she made her billions under his administration.

Both leaders spoke at the 2016 Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum, held in Lagos on Saturday.

According to Alakija, the Obasanjo administration illegally confiscated an oil block allocated to her company after her family had invested all its savings to strike oil in commercial quantity.

She said, “This oil block is in 5000 feet depth of water and was extremely difficult to explore. It took 15 years from the time that we were awarded the licence in 1993 till 2008 when we struck the first oil

“When this event happened, 60 per cent out of our 60 per cent equity in the business, was forcefully taken from us by the government of the day without due process. We had to fight back by going to court to seek redress and it took another 12 years for justice to be served in our favour.

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“In all those years it was my trust in God, my perseverance and the support of my family that got me going”, she stated.

But Speaking later, Obasanjo disagreed, saying, “There is a saying in my part of the world that when a proverb touches you and you failed to reply, then you are a coward”.

According to him, the action government took then was in line with the Mining Act, which regulates oil prospection and exploration.

“For you to come here and say that, for no cause whatsoever, you were denied what was rightfully yours, is not fair. I do not know you from Adam and there is no reason I would have denied you what rightfully belonged to you.

“So, you have struggled, and you have struck oil. God bless your heart. My delight is to be able to create Nigerian billionaire and I always say it that my aim, when I was in government was to create 50 Nigerian billionaires.

“Unfortunately I failed. I created only 25 and Madam, you are one of them,” he said.

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  1. Olawale james anifowoshe

    October 30, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I agree with Baba, there was alot of wealth creation in his regime. And Alakija happened to be one of the people that became wealthy during baba’s time

    • Amaka Okoro

      November 1, 2016 at 5:46 am

      Stop prasing him because he did not during is regime that people get rich doesn’t mean is Obansenjo regime..I see nothing good in obasanjo regime


    October 30, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I never knew oil block was allocated to Alakija. No wonder she is that rich.

  3. yanju omotodun

    October 30, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Obj is an elder state man indeed. See the way he logically replied her without insult. If it were to be others, they will insult her back.

    • Nonso Ezeugo

      November 1, 2016 at 6:04 am

      A trickish man remain A trickish man obasanjo knows what his doing but his logic is a wast because we know him as a failure

  4. Amarachi Okoye

    November 1, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Since Obansenjo regime he has done nothing than selling our property’s without mind the consequences over it what a wicked president he was during is time

  5. Joy Madu

    November 1, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Obansenjo is among does that destory this country So less stop this praises

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