Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Afe Babalola has vilified Nigerian government workers, saying he could not work with the present crop of civil servants.
The legal luminary and founder of the prestigious Afe Babalola University, was explaining why he turned down a ministerial appointment.
According to him, he turned down ministerial appointments because he could not stomach working with present-day Nigerian civil servants.
Babalola was speaking at the dinner organized in celebration of his conferment of honorary doctor of letters by the University of Ibadan (UI).
The octogenarian, who admitted that Nigeria is a difficult country, added, however, that accepting the ministerial appointments could have created an enmity between him and civil servants.
“Well, I turned ministerial appointments down for two reasons. One, I cannot work with the present type of civil servants in this country. The civil servants are the problems in this country. None of them can work the way I work.
“I will create instant enmity, if I accepted to be a minister. The second reason is that my clients are so many. They protested and felt I would be disappointing them if I accepted to be a minister”, Babalola said.