Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo ruled between 1999 and 2007. He has the reputation as the most failed president of Nigeria. He is back in the limelight, talking to Nigerian airwaves, insisting Nigerians do not vote for the current President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obasanjo has made serious allegations against Buhari, almost all unsubstantiated, the ranting of a man who once ruled with total impunity. He has accused Buhari of postponing the elections so that he can control them, warned citizens of Buhari and his party will be rigging the elections.
This comes after Buhari postponed Nigerian elections by a week. The elections will take place this Saturday, 23 February.
Obasanjo, once a respected Nigerian Army General, has been a political mudslinger ever since he was ousted from the presidency. He badmouthed former President Goodluck Jonathan, all presidents before and after, and continues to badmouth incumbent President Buhari.
US and the EU have demanded free and fair elections in Nigeria and are anxiously awaiting the results of Saturday’s poll. Buhari has ordered the Nigerian Army to shoot anyone seen tampering with ballot boxes, his show of a democratic and fair election. Fuel prices have been decreased, allowing Nigerians struck hard by a bad economy, to make their way to the polls for a second time.
Obasanjo talks about a corrupt Buhari, without any consideration for his own role in the presidency has been disastrous. He is an outspoken supporter of Buhari’s main opposition, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party.
Political experts note that all succeeding administrations of Obasanjo, the ones that he is so vile about, were his creation. Obasanjo pulled strings to ensure that Yar’Adua becoming Nigeria’s President, starting a cycle of corruption and deceit. Once the Yar’Adua administration had no need for him, he rejected Yar’Adua, asking Nigerians to support Goodluck Jonathan. Then it was Buhari, but four years later, Obasanjo is singing the praises of Atiku.
If Atiku wins this election, one could be almost sure that Obasanjo, will sling the mud in his direction too.
Nigerians are being urged to be free and fair, and make their way to the polls.