- Years after leaving power, the alleged third term agenda of ex-President Obasanjo has been revisited again
- This is as the former president of the Senate, Ken Nnamani, authored a book focusing on Obasanjo's alleged plan to stay beyond eight years in office
- At the launch of the book in Abuja, President Buhari hailed Nnamani and his colleagues at the National Assembly at the time for stopping the alleged move
FCT, Abuja - A former president of the Senate, Ken Nnamani, has authored a book titled ‘Standing Strong’ which focuses on the alleged attempts by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to extend his tenure in office beyond the two terms guaranteed by the constitution.
The book was launched in Abuja on Thursday, October 21.
In the book, the former Senate president recalled how he thwarted Obasanjo’s third term agenda, The Punch reported.
Nnamani said he wrote the book to remind Nigerians of the dangerous path it could have taken but for the vigilance and courage of some legislators.
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He added that he also hoped the book will challenge the citizens never to abandon the responsibility of protecting due process for democracy to survive.
“Our democracy was tested in 2006 and it passed. It was tested again in 2015 and passed. This has culminated in the Buhari presidency. The crucial 2015 test would not have been if we failed the 2006 test.
“The 2006 test was a test of if leaders will rise above fear and the politics of the strongman to strengthen democracy by upholding due process. It was a test of the solidity of our legislature. The 2015 test was a test of whether a ruling political party and an incumbent president will have the grace and patriotism to accept political defeat and allow the opposition to form a new government. This was not a simple test.
“Many African countries failed this test. The result of such failure is the collapse of national consensus and retreat into authoritarian politics with its attendant political instability and economic stagnation.”
Legit.ng notes that former President Obasanjo has denied ever attempting to extend his tenure in office.
Buhari hails former Senate president
In his speech, President Muhammadu Buhari praised Nnamani and the Senate for helping to preserve democracy.
The president who was represented by the minister for science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, said but for the courage of Nnamani and his colleagues, the seamless transfer of power in 2007 would have been difficult, if not impossible.
Oscar Echezona commented on Facebook:
"Having Obasanjo do third term would have been better. One thing we must know is that, for Nigeria to be better she needs a dictator but not Buhari's type. A dictator who will be brutal against corrupt politicians but have the masses at heart just like Paul Kagame."
Ozor Francis Omaga Nnamani said:
"My distinguished Senator, you are still referring to the past, let focus on the current challenges facing Ndi Igbo in this country where by the Igbo extraction have been subjected to second class citizens. U are not talking about the treatment that are being meted to your people let alone the difficulties bedeviling the nation. May God help us."
Ad Ed said:
"And the same Obasanjo now comes out to start preaching good leadership when he almost took the country down another dangerous path."
Cyprian Nwankwo said:
"The so-called 'Obasanjo's 3rd term' is a mere imagination of some mischief makers.
"I hope you will write about Nigerian Citizens experience of hunger, insecurity and institutionalized systemic Corruption under the watch of Gen Buhari and APC.
"Stop the Steel ."
After meeting INEC chairman, Buhari speaks on alleged third term plans
In a previous report, President Buhari gave assurance that his administration will make available to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) everything it needs to operate efficiently to allay the fears of his alleged third term plans.
The president said this in a statement released shortly after meeting with the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, at the State House on Tuesday, June 1.
He also sent a strong message to those behind the attacks on INEC offices and other public facilities, saying they "will soon have the shock of their lives".