Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Friday in Owerri at the 10th Graduation Ceremony of Rochas Foundation College jokingly said Rochas Okorocha who served his government as one of his Special Advisers gave him all the bad advice during his presidency.
“As you may all know, Rochas was one of the advisers I had when I was president,” he said.
“All the bad things that happened to this country under my presidency was advised by Rochas Okorocha,” he said
The former President however described Governor Okorocha as the most resourceful and focused man of his generation who has continued to surprise him with his visions every day, charging the graduating Students of the Foundation College to be Job Creators and not Job Seekers.
His words “I have come to share in the Rochas Okorocha vision on how to build African leaders of tomorrow so that they will grow up with African perspective, orientation and understanding, culture and integration because by the time we have Students in this School for 5 years, we will be having at least 25 Students from all African Countries. This will be the leaders of tomorrow, they will know themselves across Africa and when you talk about anything about Africa, they will understand and they will be the torch bearers and light of Africa”.
To the Children, he said “You are very lucky boys and girls. You have a wonderful opportunity here, opportunity of hope away from home, opportunity of mothers and fathers that you might have lost, opportunity of friends you might not have gotten and opportunity of greater future. My advise to you is to take advantage of every opportunity that this School will give you”.
He Continued “As the Chairman of Board, I have agreed with Rochas that we will have 5 Children from each African Country every year and Six from Nigeria, one from each of the Six geo-Political zones of Nigeria to balance the Political sensitivity of Nigeria”.
Governor Rochas Okorocha had told his visitors “My dream is to Unite and empower Africa through education. The only language we understand in Africa is the language of poverty and this is what bond me and these Children. I strongly believe that out of these poverty situation in Africa, the great leaders of tomorrow will emerge. I just started what I do not know how to complete but God will Continue to direct me”.
To the graduands, he stated “I pray you keep the Candle on when am gone. I tasted poverty and had sworn to fight the scourge with resources available to him. We have taken five Children from each of the African Countries, who are mostly orphans or less-privileged in addition to the over fifteen thousand Children already in the Rochas Foundation Colleges across the nation”.