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Stop using here as your dumping, OBJ warns Indian industrialists in Nigeria

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned industrialists of Indian extraction doing business in Nigeria to stop using Nigeria as a dumping ground for outdated technologies and products.

In his remarks weekend at Abeokuta, the former two times leader of Nigeria said “There are Indians who are in partnership with Nigerians and they are doing well, we have some even here in Abeokuta. They are doing very well and it is very encouraging.

“But there are ugly faces, there are Indian companies that have been doing what they will not do in India and that is unfortunate and I hope those of you who are doing the right thing, who really make us proud and our association with India, will make sure that this type of bad things are stopped.

He made the fearless presentation at the interactive session with the Indian Professionals’ Forum (IPF) in Nigeria, at Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

While warning against instances of making the country a dumping ground for sub-standard and fake products, Obasanjo said, “I have the unfortunate responsibility to deport some Indians from what they have done wrong, my successors brought them back, he too later sent them back again, the one who brought them back, sent them back again because you see, a leopard never changes his skin and they believe that they can bribe their way in this country.

“But woe betide that person be it Nigerian, non-Nigerian or Indian who believes that he will live and corrupt this country, whatever power I have, I will kick against it and that is what we did when I was in government and that is what we will continue to do and I believe people like that do not only give Nigeria a bad name but also India a bad name even give people doing genuine business in this part of the world a bad name but we should not allow them to get away with it.

“A situation where jollof rice is (allegedly) being prepared and shipped to Nigeria is ridiculous and bad, that is not what the country needs today.

“If that is done by an Indian company, that Indian company should be condemned, whatever company that is doing that, if it is a Nigerian and owner of that company, they should have his head examined”, former President Obasanjo warned.


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