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Peter Obi: The Colour Of Greatness – Val Obienyem 

Towards the end of Mr. Peter Obi’s tenure, he was gradually sliding towards Benthamism. He was determined that he would get to the greater number of Anambra people through his good work. Already, he was doing that, but he needed to triple it. To achieve this seamlessly, he needed a man of proven integrity, wise in counsel, ready for work and appreciative of the factors that make for the greatness of nations.

From personal knowledge of Mr. Oseloka Obaze, Obi saw in him the type of character he secretly pined for. This was how he started seeking him. Each time we visited USA – five times- we would meet with him. After each meeting, Mr. Peter Obi would express profound surprise at seeing a different Anambra man. He said so because in spite of promises of what he had in mind for him, Mr. Obaze was not so enthusiastic about it. He made it clear that he would be happy to serve his people, but he was exasperated with most Nigerian politicians, whose idea of service is to play chess with the commonwealth. As far as he was concerned, he would never be part of such gathering of wolves in human clothing.

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Oseloka Obaze, MD & CEO

Oseloka Obaze, MD & CEO

Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.

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