Obasanjo reacts to Tinubu's alleged statement about Buhari in 2003

Obasanjo reacts to Tinubu's alleged statement about Buhari in 2003

- Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has re-echoed the statement reportedly made in 2003 by the national leader of APC, Tinubu

- Obasanjo says Tinubu was right to have described President Buhari as an ethnic bigot and religious fanatic in 2003

- Tinubu was said to have made the statement while campaigning for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at the time

Nigeria's former president Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was right for calling President Muhammadu Buhari an ethnic bigot and religious fanatic in 2003.

Punch reports that during his campaign for the then presidential candidate of the Action Congress (AC) in 2003, Atiku Abubakar, Tinubu described Buhari as an ethnic bigot.

Legit.ng gathers that Buhari was the presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party at the time.

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Obasanjo made the statement at a press briefing at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, on Sunday, January 20.

The former president said: “Bola Tinubu’s statement about Muhammadu Buhari in 2003 is fairly prophetic."

He quoted Tinubu as saying: "Muhammadu Buhari is an agent of destabilisation, ethnic bigot and religious fanatic who, if given the chance, would ensure the disintegration of the country. His ethnocentrism would jeopardise Nigeria’s national unity."

Obasanjo went further to say: “Junaid Mohammed was eloquent on the issue of nepotism. But if as we were told that Buhari is nepotic because he does not trust others, why should others trust him to continue to put their fate and lives in his hand?

“Trust begets trust. They cannot be trusted for ‘sensitive’ appointment but they can be sent out to campaign for his re-election. Who is fooling who?”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Obasanjo declared that President Muhammadu Buhari would return to Daura, his home town in Katsina state, if the 2019 presidential election is free, fair, peaceful and credible.

Obasanjo made this declaration when he addressed journalists at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun state, on Sunday, January 20.

The former ECOWAS chairman whose address did not last more than eight minutes, simply gave out a booklet titled ‘points for concern and action’ and asked the journalists present to go through it.

On page 14 of the booklet, Obasanjo wrote: “While Nigerians must appreciate Buhari for the little he has done and allow him to depart for home in peace if he allows free, fair, peaceful and credible elections, we must also tell ourselves that Nigeria deserves better at this point in time than what Buhari is capable of offering."

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