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19 Feb 2019

2019 Polls: The Effect Of Obasanjo’s Letter On Presidential Elections

It is curious that President Buhari’s handling of the Boko Haram terrorism which has won praises from both Nigerians and the international community and which Obasanjo himself had appreciated in the past is now, in Obasanjo’s condemnation of everything Buhari touches, seen as part of a sinister plot to keep President Buhari in office.

Obasanjo’s hypocrisy is well-known. He condemns what he himself had done in the past. He reads ulterior motive into any action by governments that have come to power since he completed his two terms of the Nigerian presidency in 2007.

Since Obasanjo’s actions as president were cloaked in selfish motives, Obasanjo sees other people’s action from that perspective. He not only had two full terms, he tried to effect a constitutional amendment to enable him vie for the presidency on the expiration of his second term.

Since that effort was courageously thwarted by Nigerians, Obasanjo seems to be in a perpetual bad mood against any president who as much as aspires to win a second term in office

In Obasanjo’s eyes, it does not matter that such a president is doing a good job or is accepted by the majority of Nigerians, in Obasanjo’s eyes, only a person endorsed by him is good enough to lead the country.

Nigerians might possibly have acquiesced to Obasanjo’s wish to determine who to lead the country but Obasanjo’s judgment on this score has been quite disastrous for the country.

Nigerians are not going to surrender their hard-won freedom to elect leaders of their choice Obasanjo even when Obasanjo relies on false allegations and mischievous innuendoes to attempt to hoodwink them.

Obasanjo has refused to maintain a dignified silence on issues that the majority of Nigerians have already decided.

He must speak on all and every issue. Since his pronouncements are always designed to disparage other leaders for nothing more than Obasanjo’s own personal piques, we urge Nigerians to discount his latest attempt to sell the Atiku candidacy.

It is particularly offensive that Obasanjo is selling the Atiku candidacy by making wild and irresponsible accusations against the Buhari administration.

We urge all Nigerians to come out massively to exercise their franchise on February 23, 2019.

Nigerians have a right to judge for themselves who best to lead them. Obasanjo’s crude attempt to market Atiku through fake allegations and discrediting the pillars of democracy must be exposed for what it is. A selfish mission cloaked in artificial piety and patriotism.
Nigeria deserves a leadership committed to tackling, head on, the major issues confronting the country. High on this list are corruption, insecurity and youth unemployment. On these issues, the Buhari administration has made giant strides.

Boko Haram no longer controls any Nigerian territory. Social investment programs such as the N-Power, TraderMoni and the school lunch program have made positive differences in the lives of many Nigerians.

Similarly, while the struggle against corruption is by no means finished, the massive recovery of hundreds of billions of Naira from convicted thieves of the commonwealth are important achievements that must be applauded by all patriotic Nigerians.

Nigerians must reject Obasanjo’s ill-motivated attempt to discredit the forthcoming elections.

While it is the patriotic duty of all Nigerians that our elections must be conducted efficiently and effectively with the goal of producing a credible outcome anchored on freedom and fairness, we must reject Obasanjo’s attempt to discredit the election simply on the basis that his favored candidate may not be elected.

Such a stand is a disservice to Nigerians and the country’s democratic process.

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