- Obasanjo played a pivotal role in the adoption of Nigeria's current democratic model in 1979 during his military leadership, the presidency noted
- The presidency made this assertion while reacting to Obasanjo's recent critique of Western-style democracy, suggesting it hasn't delivered good governance and development in Africa
- Amid the blame game, the presidency said if Obasanjo believes in the need for change, he should advocate for a return to the parliamentary system, the model practiced before the military intervention in 1966
Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.
State House, Abuja - President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's led federal government has blamed former President Olusegun Obasanjo for the current state of Nigeria’s democracy.
Tinubu's aide replies to Obasanjo over comment on Nigeria's Western democracy
Bayo Onanuga, the special adviser to the president on information and strategy, emphasised that democracy in practice today has direct inputs from Obasanjo's leadership during both his military and civilian tenures.
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He said Africa should practice what he termed “Afro democracy” in place of Western liberal democracy.
But Tinubu's aide countered Obasanjo and argued he played a key role in adopting the current system in 1979 and later during his presidency from 1999 to 2007.
In an interview with The Punch published on Tuesday, November 21, he said:
“Obasanjo ought to know that he brought this thing into Nigeria. He was the one who made us adopt it in 1979. He must have seen it as expensive and unsuitable when he governed us for eight years and even wanted an extension for another four years.
“So, the way he is sounding, it is like the man is getting wiser after leaving office.”
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