The former president of Nigeria has charged African scientists to take politicians along in their works, if the aspiration of transforming Africa economically would be achieved.
Speaking at the 25th anniversary of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in Nairobi, Obasanjo stated that scientists have a critical role to play in the transformation of Africa from a continent of many poor people to one which the poverty level is very low.
“I have always said it and will repeat it on this occasion that there is no way Africa can make the kind of progress that we want without science, technology and innovation. I challenge you scientists to work with politicians. Try, it would not be easy, many of them would not come along at the beginning but you must not shy away from them,” he said.
As he further stated, “no matter what you do and the researches you carry out, if you do not take the politicians along, those efforts will amount to nothing.”