The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption
(PACAC) Itse Sagay (SAN), has responded to the requires the government to assume control over the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL).
Sagay admonished the government not to commandingly assume control over the library from the former President.
However, he added that should Obasanjo refuse to hand it over, the government can wait until after his death and take over the library after passing some legal provisions.
Sagay also said the library should be managed by the government to ensure it continues running even after the death of Obasanjo.
According to him;“The Federal Government should not forcefully take it over from him. But Obasanjo should be gently reminded that institutions belong to the country, not him personally and that he should gradually arrange to handover the major aspects of the running to the Federal Government.
“And if he doesn’t agree, maybe after his demise, the Federal Government should just take it over after passing some legal provisions.
“The library will still be in his land and in his name but it will be managed by the Federal Government.
“In fact, it enhances the status of the library if it becomes a state-owned property rather than privately owned.
“Otherwise, I don’t wish him to pass away soon. May he live long much longer…. But when the inevitable comes, the library may suffer if it is not a public library.
“We have seen so many families where they fight over even little property when the founder passes away and at the end, it is either abandoned or desecrated and they are in court for decades.
That won’t be appropriate for such an institution as the presidential library.”
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