- Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has again attacked President Muhammadu Buhari
- Obasanjo said that Buhari has failed in security, anti-graft war and job creation
- The ex-president had on Wednesday, January 30, described Buhari's integrity as fake
For the second time in a week, a former president Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday, January 31, again attacked President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that the president has failed in the key aspects of governance.
Nigerian Tribune reports that he asked Nigerians not to be in despair but take concrete actions to protect and safeguard the nation’s nascent democracy currently under threat in the hands of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government.
Legit.ng gathered that the former president spoke at the public presentation of a book, “Politics as Dashed Hopes in Nigeria” authored by Auwalu Anwar, where he was the chairman of the occasion.
He said President Buhari and APC should be given the credit for the ouster of the former president Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led government when Nigerians were disenchanted.
Obasanjo noted that President Buhari has failed in almost four years into his administration to provide security, fight corruption and create jobs for teeming Nigerian youth as clearly pointed out by the author in his book.
He congratulated the author for the courage, the discipline and the research work he undertook to write the book.
Obasanjo said he attempted to read the book and saw what he termed the author’s frustration which led to a somewhat melancholic title of the book.
He said even though he was not at the occasion to review the book but to speak on some issues since the book is about Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Progressives Congress (APC) and Buhari’s political life, up to second years of Buhari’s administration.
He said: “I will touch on three or four points that will be of interest for all of us at this juncture. Dr Anwar pointed out that President Buhari served the purpose of galvanising efforts to get Jonathan and PDP out of office.
“Buhari and APC must get the credit for that have strengthened our democracy. Because democracy without strong opposition is like marriage without the bridegroom to consummate the marriage.
“But on the mid-term scorecard, Dr Anwar pointed out three significant and tangible areas of failure- security, fighting corruption and job. creation. As at today, these three areas are still where they were at mid-term, not yet a success story.
“Dr Anwar also touched on three critical but intangible areas of failure, which includes reciprocal loyalty, exemplary leadership which include character and power for its sake or what I may call power for self-aggrandisement.
“Well, I understand where Dr Anwar is coming from to get the title of his book. But we must replace despair with optimism.
“Only last November at the launching of the Africa Progressive Group (APG), I raised five pillars African development, growth and progress as politics, population, protection, prosperity and partnership.
“Politics which is essentially governance has overarching importance over other four pillars but I am not in despair. And I will ask Dr Anwar and the rest of us not to be in despair because our hope lies in democracy,” he said.
He noted that the hope of the nation lies in a democracy with good governance, which the hallmark is a free, fair, transparent and credible election.
He disclosed that elections would take place in four significant countries in West Africa between now and next year -Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire. In the four cases, the incumbents were in opposition and took over from the ruling parties.
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He said that was good for strengthening and deepening of democracy, saying the world was watching how the elections in these countries would cumulatively strength, deepen and stabilise democracy in the four countries.
“As for me, I will do everything humanly possible to safeguard democracy in Nigeria and I believe that is the main purpose of Dr Anwar’s book,” he said.
He warned that there was no need for any Nigerian to stand aloof when evil is perpetrated, saying anybody who cherishes democracy must work hard to safeguard it.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, reportedly said he is sure that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s presidential candidate and his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar, would be elected as president in the coming elections.
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