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1/23/2018

HALT 2019 RE-ELECTION BID : OBASANJO TO BUHARI

HALT 2019 RE-ELECTION BID : OBASANJO TO BUHARI
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in
2019.
Obasanjo, in a 13-page statement entitled: “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement,” said President Buhari has performed far below expectation and should forget his 2019 re-election bid for the good of the country.
He urged the President to join the league of the country’s former leaders whose “experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the side line for the good of the country.”
The ex- President said was disappointed with Buhari’s performance since he came to power in 2015.
He had written similar letter to ex- President Goodluck Jonathan in December 2013 titled: “Before it is Too Late” and highlighted his (Jonathan) administration’s numerous failings.
Obasanjo claimed his decision to go against Jonathan in 2015 was the right one as events in the last three years had shown.
He said: “Even the horse rider then, with whom I maintain very cordial, happy and social relationship today has come to realise his mistakes and regretted it publicly and I admire his courage and forthrightness in this regard.

“He has a role to play on the side line for the good of Nigeria, Africa and humanity and I will see him as a partner in playing such a role nationally and internationally, but not as a horse rider in Nigeria again.”
Likening the state of the nation to lice-invested clothes, the ex- President said the country’s fingernails is stained with blood as it tries to kill the lice by pressing them in-between two fingernails.
To rid the fingernails of blood, he said “we must do what it takes rid our clothes of lice.”
“The lice of poor performance in government – poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening inequality – are very much with us today.”
“With such lice of general and specific poor performance and crying poverty with us, our fingers will not be dry of blood.”
Although Obasanjo commended Buhari for rolling back the Boko Haram insurgency and tackling corruption, he said the President has ultimately failed in other areas where he had thought he would be efficient.

He, however, slammed Buhari for turning a blind eye to corruption within his government, saying it amounted to condonation and cover-up saying whoever is “going to justice must be with clean hands.”

He also faulted the President for allowing the herdsmen and farmers clashes to go “sour” and messy, saying Buhari’s endorsement for re-election by some governors barely 24 hours after 73 people killed by herdsmen in Benue State were given mass burial was “a sad symptom of insensitivity and callousness.”



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