Obasanjo with President Buhari

Nigeria: Obasanjo defends his criticism against Buhari, says it’s in the interest of the country

By Teslim Olawore

Obasanjo with President Buhari
Obasanjo with President Buhari

Obasanjo on his 82nd birthday on Tuesday, spoke on his criticism of Buhari’s administration.

Speaking for the first time since President Buhari was declared winner of the 2019 presidential elections, during his birthday anniversary celebration which held at Abeokuta said his criticism of the president is not personal but in the interest of the country.

The former president in his response to the remarks by the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Michael Gbadebo, who urged Obasanjo to stop attacking Buhari.

Obasanjo said, “There is nothing personal between President Buhari and I
“In a democracy, you can criticize a policy, a government or a leader because democracy is not a family affair.

“If it is my brother that is occupying the leadership role and he is not doing what I believe he should do, he must be criticised and that is what democracy is all about.

“I believe that Africa has no alternative to democracy, good governance, development and growth of our economy. We have none. And if that is not happening in any country, those who keep quiet about it, they are accomplices to the crime.

“That, in a democracy, you criticise a policy of a government is not a family affair, even, if he is my brother that is there and he is not doing the way he should do; he must be criticised.

“That is what democracy is all about, criticism and seeing the other side.

“So, if I say anybody in government in Nigeria or any government for that matter is not doing well, let that government prove that it is well. It’s not anything personal.
“So, Kabiyesi, your boss, Buhari; there is nothing personal between me and him. Just as he is your boss, I am his boss, with all due respect.

“Now, the point is that I have been in that position longer than any Nigerian will ever be there. That’s true.
“If any Nigerian comes in and have two terms, he will not have almost four years of military rule. So, I have been there longer than any Nigerian would ever be there.

“So, when I say something I know what I am talking about. Kabiyesi, anytime you say, “leave my boss alone,” I say “he is your boss”. “But I am also his (Buhari) boss. So, you might also ask your boss (Buhari) to leave his boss alone or do what is right than his boss wants him to do”.





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