Nigerian former President Olusegun Obasanjo once upon a time released a press statement’ where he cautioned President Buhari against re-contesting for the 2019 general elections, among others.
In the statement titled ‘The Way Out: A Clarion Call For Coalition For Nigeria Movement,’ General Olusegun Obasanjo raised some issues of national importance.
Below are the top seven things he wrote about Muhammadu Buhari:
1. Buhari Is Weak
Obasanjo acknowledged he knew that President Buhari “is weak in the knowledge and understanding of the economy.” He added: “Although, I know that you cannot give what you don’t have and that economy does not obey military order. You have to give it what it takes in the short-, medium- and long-term.”
2. Condoning Corruption
He asked Buhari to stop condoning corruption among some inner caucus of the Presidency. “Culture of condonation and turning blind eye will cover up rather than clean up. And going to justice must be with clean hands,” Obasanjo urged the President.
3. Fulani Herdsmen
He accused the Buhari-led federal government of wittingly or unwittingly allowing the herdsmen and crop farmers’ crisis “to turn sour and messy.” He said: “It is no credit to the Federal Government that the herdsmen rampage continues with careless abandon and without finding an effective solution to it.”
4. National Security
He said President Buhari’s “poor understanding of the dynamics of internal politics” has affected general national security, thus “wittingly or unwittingly making the nation more divided” and widened the inequality gap.
5. Don’t Over-Push Your Luck
He advised President Buhari not to “over-push his luck or over-tax the patience and tolerance of Nigerians.”
6. Dismount From The Horse
He urged President Buhari to honourably “dismount from the horse.” “He needs to have time to reflect, refurbish physically and recoup and after appropriate rest, once again, join the stock of Nigerian leaders whose experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the side line for the good of the country,” Obasanjo counselled.
7. Coalition for Nigeria (CN) Movement
He canvassed for the creation of a Coalition for Nigeria (CN) Movement which will consist of people who are concerned and willingly-ready for positive and drastic change, progress and involvement “that will give hope and future to all our youth and dignity and full participation to all our women.”
8. Buhari’s best is not good enough
While acknowledging that Buhari and his team have tried, Obasanjo said what they have done is not good enough for the country.
“Let the administration and its political party platform agree with the rest of us that what they have done and what they are capable of doing is not good enough for us.
“They have given as best as they have and as best as they can give. Nigeria deserves and urgently needs better than what they have given or what we know they are capable of giving.
“To ask them to give more will be unrealistic and will only sentence Nigeria to a prison term of four years if not destroy it beyond the possibility of an early recovery and substantial growth.
9. PDP and APC are the same
“I have had occasion in the past to say that the two main political parties – APC and PDP – were wobbling. I must reiterate that nothing has happened to convince me otherwise. If anything, I am reinforced in my conviction. The recent show of PDP must give grave and great concern to lovers of Nigeria. To claim, as has been credited to the chief kingmaker of PDP, that for procuring the Supreme Court judgement for his faction of the Party, he must dictate the tune all the way and this is indeed fraught with danger.
10. Obasanjo says he’s ready for verbal attacks that may come afterwards this letter
“I know that praise-singers and hired attackers may be raised up against me for verbal or even physical attack but if I can withstand undeserved imprisonment and was ready to shed my blood by standing for Nigeria, I will consider no sacrifice too great to make for the good of Nigeria at any time. No human leader is expected to be personally strong or self-sufficient in all aspects of governance.”