Buhari (Left) and Obasanjo

Buhari (Left) and Obasanjo


Obasanjo, Buhari’s major supporter in 2015, asks him to shelve reelection


Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has joined others who gallantly supported President Muhammadu Buhari in his election in 2015 in asking Buhari to shelve second term ambition in 2019.

Obasanjo, a major political cornerstone in Nigeria, accused Buhari of nepotism and lacking an understanding of the “dynamics of internal politics.”

Buhari together with his supporters, has set in motion his re-election campaigns although he not officially announced his re-election bid.

Obasanjo’s decision to work against former president Goodluck Jonathan’s election in 2015, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP; a party on whose platform Obasanjo was elected president on two occasions, paved way for Buhari’s election in 2015.

But as the groundswell of criticism against President Buhari increases, the ex-president said the man whose election he supported has failed and should “dismount from the horse”.

The Guardian reported that Obasanjo admitted that he was guilty in making Buhari, a man who “is weak in the knowledge and understanding of the economy”, the president. He said he thought that Buhari could make “use of good Nigerians in that area.”

Obasanjo said Buhari, apart from being bereft of the necessary ideas that could move the country out its current doldrums, has been unduly “nepotic” in his appointments.

“But there are three other areas where President Buhari has come out more glaringly than most of us thought we knew about him,” continued Obasanjo. “One is nepotic deployment bordering on clannishness and inability to bring discipline to bear on errant members of his nepotic court. This has grave consequences on performance of his government to the detriment of the nation.

“It would appear that national interest was being sacrificed on the altar of nepotic interest. What does one make of a case like that of (Abdulrasheed) Maina: collusion, condonation, ineptitude, incompetence, dereliction of responsibility or kinship and friendship on the part of those who should have taken visible and deterrent disciplinary action? How many similar cases are buried, ignored or covered up, and not yet in the glare of the media and the public?

“The second is his poor understanding of the dynamics of internal politics. This has led to, wittingly or unwittingly, making the nation more divided, and inequality has widened and become more pronounced. It also has effect on general national security.

“The third is passing the buck. For instance, blaming the governor of the Central Bank for devaluation of the naira by 70% or so and blaming past governments for it, is to say the least, not accepting one’s own responsibility. Let nobody deceive us; economy feeds on politics and because our politics is depressing, our economy is even more depressing today. If things were good, President Buhari would not need to come in. He was voted to fix things that were bad and not engage in the blame game.”

Editorial Chief, Nigerian Bureau

Kings UBA is a Nigerian journalist and writer. I have reported for major local and international news organisations. I write satire. In 2017, I started contributing stories primarily to Discover Africa News Network. I can be reached on editorkingsuba@gmail.com. I currently manage Discover Africa News social media handles