6th September, 2010
Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has narrated how he was humiliated in Canada while on aÂ visit.
According to Obasanjo who was speaking at a forum in Ghana at the weekend, he was keptÂ waiting for over three hours by immigration officials.
He said the reason for the delay was that he told the officials, who did not recognise himÂ as former president of Nigeria, that he was a farmer when they asked him to introduceÂ himself.
Obasanjo said because farmers are not held in high esteem in Canada, they asked him to stepÂ aside and he was left waiting for over three hours before his friend that he visited came toÂ his rescue.
He said when his friend asked him why he was delayed, he told the man that he had introducedÂ himself as a farmer.
Obasanjo said his friend said he should have said he is an agric businessman instead ofÂ farmer because a farmer in Canada suffers worse indignity than a peasant farmer in Africa.
Obasanjo said he wouldnâ€™t have suffered that fate if he didnâ€™t arrive Canada a day earlierÂ than his friend expected him.
He narrated his experience at the forum to underscore the fact that everbody wants to beÂ either president of a country, Secretary-General of the United Nations, or do other whiteÂ collar jobs rather than go into farming.
The forum was attended by Ghanaâ€™s President Attah Mills, former Secretary-General of theÂ United Nations, Koffi Annan and several other dignitaries.