Just again from Liberia, former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday threw one other bombshell and requested President Muhammadu Buhari to not search re-election in 2019.
In a particular press assertion entitled, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement”, Obasanjo claimed Buhari has carried out far beneath expectation and will honourably “dismount from the horse”.
Obasanjo urged the President to hitch the league of the nation’s former leaders whose “experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the side line for the good of the country.”
Obasanjo, a two-term president on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), mentioned he felt upset by Buhari, whom he supported through the 2015 election over then incumbent and candidate of his former celebration, Goodluck Jonathan.
Obasanjo had written a condemnatory open letter in December 2013 titled “Before it is Too Late”. the place he highlighted the quite a few failings of the Mr Jonathan administration.
The former chief argued that his choice to go towards Jonathan, on the time was the appropriate one as occasions within the final three years have since confirmed, was for the nice of the nation and nothing private.
“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,” Obasanjo mentioned.
“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 garments, he mentioned the nation’s fingernails is stained with blood because it tries to kill the lice by urgent them in-between two fingernails. According to him, to be able to ensure that our fingernails stay blood-free we should do what it takes to rid our garments 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,” he wrote.
“With such lice of general and specific poor performance and crying poverty with us, our fingers will not be dry of ‘blood’,” he added.
While thanking Buhari for the hassle of his administration in rolling again the Boko Haram insurgency and his combat towards corruption, Obasanjo mentioned Buhari has finally failed in different areas the place he had thought he can be environment friendly.
The octogenarian, who bagged a PhD over the weekend, admitted he knew Mr Buhari was weak in dealing with the financial system, he went forward and voted for him as a result of on the time “it was a matter of ‘any option but Jonathan’” and since he thought Buhari would appoint certified Nigerians to assist out in that space.
He slammed Buhari for turning a blind eye to corruption inside his authorities saying it amounted to condonation and cover-up saying whoever is “going to justice must be with clean hands.”
He additionally berated Buhari for permitting the clashes between herdsmen and farmers to go “sour” and messy saying the endorsement of the President by some governors to hunt re-election barely 24 hours after 73 individuals who had been killed by herdsmen in Benue State got mass burial was “a sad symptom of insensitivity and callousness.”
Obasanjo nonetheless reserved his harshest phrases for what he described as Buhari’s clannishness, lack of expertise of the dynamics of politics, and his tendencies to go the buck of his authorities’s inadequacies to the speedy previous administration.
“But there are three different areas the place President Buhari has come out extra manifestly than most of us thought we knew about him. One is nepotic deployment bordering on clannishness and incapacity to carry self-discipline to bear on errant members of his nepotic courtroom. This has grave penalties on efficiency of his authorities to the detriment of the nation. It would seem that nationwide curiosity was being sacrificed on the altar of nepotic curiosity. What does one make of a case like that of Maina: collusion, condonation, ineptitude, incompetence, dereliction of duty or kinship and friendship on the a part of those that ought to have taken seen and deterrent disciplinary motion? How many related circumstances are buried, ignored or coated up and never but within the glare of the media and the general public?
“The second is his poor understanding of the dynamics of inner politics. This has led to wittingly or unwittingly making the nation extra divided and inequality has widened and develop into extra pronounced. It additionally has impact on common nationwide safety.
“The third is passing the buck. For instance, blaming the Governor of the Central Bank for devaluation of the naira by 70% or so and blaming past governments for it, is to say the least, not accepting one’s own responsibility. Let nobody deceive us, economy feeds on politics and because our politics is depressing, our economy is even more depressing today. If things were good, President Buhari would not need to come in. He was voted to fix things that were bad and not engage in the blame game.”
To Obasanjo, President Buhari and his celebration, the All Progressives Congress do not need the answer to the nation’s issues.
According to Obasanjo, President Buhari isn’t wholesome sufficient to resist the rigour related to operating a rustic like Nigeria neither does his celebration able to offering the reply wanted to sail the nation by way of its difficulties.
Obasanjo thus requested Buhari to step down on the finish of his first time period with honour and dignity and attend to his well being.
He urged him to not hearken to “self-serving so-called advisers who would claim that they love him more than God loves him and that without him, there would be no Nigeria.”
“President Buhari wants a dignified and honourable dismount from the horse. He must have time to mirror, refurbish bodily and recoup and after acceptable relaxation, as soon as once more, be a part of the inventory of Nigerian leaders whose expertise, affect, knowledge and outreach will be deployed on the aspect line for the nice of the nation. His place in historical past is already assured. Without impaired well being and pressure of age, operating the affairs of Nigeria is a 25/7 affair, not 24/7.
“I only appeal to brother Buhari to consider a deserved rest at this point in time and at this age. I continue to wish him robust health to enjoy his retirement from active public service. President Buhari does not necessarily need to heed my advice. But whether or not he heeds it, Nigeria needs to move on and move forward,” he mentioned.
“I’ve had event prior to now to say that the 2 foremost political events – APC and PDP – had been wobbling. I have to reiterate that nothing has occurred to persuade me in any other case. If something, I’m bolstered in my conviction. The current present of PDP should give grave and nice concern to lovers of Nigeria.
“To declare, as has been credited to the chief kingmaker of PDP, that for procuring the Supreme Court judgement for his faction of the Party, he should dictate the tune all the best way and that is certainly fraught with hazard.
“If neither APC nor PDP is a worthy horse to ride to lead Nigeria at this crucial and critical time, what then do we do? Remember Farooq Kperogi, an Associate Professor at the Kennesaw State University, Georgia, United States, calls it “a cruel Hobson’s choice; it’s like a choice between six and half a dozen, between evil and evil. Any selection or deflection would be a distinction without a difference.” We can’t simply sit down lamenting and wringing our fingers desperately and hopelessly.
Coalition of Nigerians
Having dominated out the PDP and the ruling APC of possessing the panacea to the malaise that ails the nation, Obasanjo due to this fact referred to as for a motion he termed Coalition of Nigeria, which he supplied to be part of, to wrest energy from the current ruling class and lead the nation into the trail of rebirth.
“We can collectively save ourselves from the place we discover ourselves. It won’t come by way of self-pity, fruitless grievance or protest however by way of constructive and constructive engagement and collective motion for the nice of our nation and ourselves and our youngsters and their kids. We want ethical re-armament and interesting togetherness of individuals of like-mind and goodwill to return solidly collectively to raise Nigeria up. This is not any time for buying and selling blames or embarking on futile argument and neither ought to we settle for untenable excuses for non-performance.
“Let us settle for that the current administration has finished what it could do to the restrict of its potential, aptitude and understanding. Let the administration and its political celebration platform agree with the remainder of us that what they’ve finished and what they’re able to doing isn’t adequate for us. They have given as greatest as they’ve and as greatest as they may give. Nigeria deserves and urgently wants higher than what they’ve given or what we all know they’re able to giving. To ask them to offer extra will likely be unrealistic and can solely sentence Nigeria to a jail time period of 4 years if not destroy it past the opportunity of an early restoration and substantial development.
“The growth and modernisation of our nation and society have to be anchored and sustained on dynamic Nigerian tradition, enduring values and a fascinating Nigerian dream. We should have abiding religion in our nation and its function and place inside the comity of countries. Today, Nigeria wants all fingers on deck. All fingers of women and men of goodwill have to be on deck. We want all fingers to maneuver our nation ahead.
“We want a Coalition for Nigeria, CN. Such a Movement at this juncture wants not be a political celebration however one to which all well-meaning Nigerians can belong. That Movement have to be a coalition for democracy, good governance, social and financial well-being and progress. Coalition to salvage and redeem our nation. You can depend me with such a Movement. Last time, we requested, prayed and labored for change and God granted our request. This time, we should ask, pray and work for change with unity, safety and progress. And God will once more grant us. Of course, nothing ought to cease such a Movement from satisfying circumstances for fielding candidates for elections. But if at any stage the Movement needs to metamorphose into candidate-sponsoring Movement for elections, I’ll bow out of the Movement as a result of I’ll proceed to keep up my non-partisan place. Coalition for Nigeria should have its headquarters in Abuja.
“This Coalition for Nigeria will likely be a Movement that may drive Nigeria up and ahead. It should have a delight of place for all Nigerians, significantly for our youth and our ladies. It is a coalition of hope for all Nigerians for fast, high quality and equal growth, safety, unity, prosperity and progress. It is a coalition to banish poverty, insecurity and despair. Our nation should not be oblivious to concomitant hazard round, outdoors and forward. Coalition for Nigeria have to be a Movement to interrupt new floor in constructing a united nation, a socially-cohesive and reasonably affluent society with fairness, equality of alternative, justice and a dynamic and progressive financial system that’s self-reliant and takes lively half in world division of labour and worldwide decision-making.
“The Movement must work out the path of development and the trajectory of development in speed, quality and equality in the short- medium- and long-term for Nigeria on the basis of sustainability, stability, predictability, credibility, security, cooperation and prosperity with diminishing inequality. What is called for is love, commitment and interest in our country, not in self, friends and kinship alone but particularly love, compassion and interest in the poor, underprivileged and downtrodden. It is our human duty and responsibility so to do. Failure to do this will amount to a sin against God and a crime against humanity.”
*Originally reported by Premium Times