- Chief Olusegun Obasanjo again says President Muhammadu Buhari should be allowed to go and rest
- Obasanjo, a former president, claims Buhari is sick and needs not to be allowed to return to govern the country
- The former president adds that the beauty of democracy is that Nigeria has other people to govern the country
For the second time in less than 48 hours, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former president, has taken a swipe at the current occupier of the presidential seat, Muhammadu Buhari, asking that the latter be allowed to go and rest.
Obasanjo insisted that President Buhari was not balanced enough to handle the affairs of Nigeria beyond 2019.
The Cable quoted the Yoruba service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), as reporting that Obasanjo said Buhari “is sick in the spirit, body and soul.”
He pleaded that Buhari needed rest so another person could take charge of the country.
According to Obasanjo, each time people complained to him that the next person may not do better, he often tells them that democracy gives room for replacement.
“Buhari is sick in the spirit, body and soul. Let’s beg him to go and rest. He has tried his best. Let give chance to another person.
“When people ask me that what if the next person is not suitable, I tell them that is the beauty of democracy,” he said in the report.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday, January 20, decided to speak on the state of the country under the current All Progressives Congress government headed by Muhammadu Buhari.
In the very lengthy address, Obasanjo accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of plot to rig the election saying the body would be influenced to favour the ruling party during the exercise.
"“The other day, the vice-president of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo - a learned man, an enlightened person in all parameters - was seen at various markets in Lagos state and Abuja distributing N10,000 each to market women.
"What an absurdity! It was indeed an obscene display of executive recklessness and abuse of office. Pray, where did the money come from? Was it budgeted for in the appropriation law?
"In more civilised nations, Osinbajo would have been impeached and prosecuted for gutting our collective treasury," Obasanjo said while taking a swipe at the federal government over the way it was handling the case against the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.
In its reply, the presidency said Obasanjo needed a doctor to care for him. A statement from Garba Shehu, a spokesperson of the president, also asked Obasanjo to 'get well soon'.
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"As repeatedly said of him, since Chief Obasanjo left office in 1979, he never let every succeeding leader of the country function freely, and this included the one he personally handpicked against all known rules drawn up by the party that put him in the office of the President. But Chief Obasanjo is jealous because President Buhari has more esteem than him and the sooner he learns to respect him the better.
"It is a notorious fact that in dealing with any leader that he failed to control, he resorted to these puerile attacks. As the grand patron, more correctly the grandfather of corruption as described by the National Assembly, Chief Obasanjo released today’s letter purely for the reason of rescuing his thriving corruption establishment," the presidency said.
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