Obasanjo and Buhari

Former Nigerian President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has released a strongly worded press statement rejecting the claim by the News Agency of Nigeria that he is neutral in this election. Rather he drops a bombshell that he wants President Buhari to be voted out in 2019 election.

Mr Kehinde Adeyemi, media aide to the ex-president gave the clarification in a statement released to the public on Sunday.

According to Adeyemi “while Chief Olusegun is in Cairo to attend the maiden edition of Intra-African Trade Fair IATF of which he is the Chairman of African Advisory Council, his attention has been drawn to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) with the headline ATIKU: Obasanjo shifts political gear to neutral.

“It is disingenuous and if not malicious for anyone to suggest that Chief Obasanjo was being neutral when he chooses not to use the Owu convention as a platform for a political campaign but instead adopt a communal and familial approach in talking to members of Owu family.

“For the records and as accurately reported by some media organisations what the former President said at the convention in Iwo was that while he will not impress any candidate on them Nigerians should vote for credible candidates who will drive growth and development and make their lives better than what it is now.

Mr Obasanjo statement according to Adeyemi does not suggest neutrality as “only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity, and denial of the obvious. Chief Obasanjo is no such fool nor is he so unwise”

Insecurity in Nigeria

Obasanjo advised Nigerians to go out and vote and ensure a change is made and not to sit and be complaining and become complacent. “Change will not come if you Nigerians remain inactive just complaining and complacent and allow yourselves to be deceived by sycophants and enemies of Nigeria.

“If Nigerians do not become active and get the much-needed change of the current administration to a government that will improve the economy, regain the confidence of investors, and generally drive growth, development and economic progress with security what is coming will be much worse than Nigerians currently suffer”.

Obasanjo insists that nobody can stop him or cajole him from speaking out against bad governance and incompetence noting that what is at stake in Nigeria is bigger and greater than the individual or personal interest of any person.

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