Former Nigerian President under the banner of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Olusegun Obasanjo, has broken has broken all protocol by openly declaring his support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, where he had gone to launch his 1,500-page autobiography – “My Watch.”
According to the Financial Times, Obasanjo made the endorsement during the launching of his book – which has been banned in Nigeria following a libel hearing filed by Buruji Kashamu.
He also seized the opportunity to criticize President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration saying he hoped the incumbent president was not planning on holding on to power with the postponement on the elections.
“The signs are not auspicious. I don’t know whether a script is being played.” Obasanjo said.
“I sincerely hope that the president is not going for broke and saying ‘look dammit, it’s either I have it or nobody has it’. I hope that we will not have a coup… I hope we can avoid it.”
“The circumstances (Buhari) will be working under if he wins the election are different from the one he worked under before, where he was both the executive and the legislature — he knows that. He’s smart enough. He’s educated enough. He’s experienced enough. Why shouldn’t I support him?” The former leader said further.
Concerning the rumoured crisis facing the Nigerian army Obasanjo said, “It’s a question of leadership — political and military.”
“I think you need to ask (President Jonathan) how has he let (the army) go to this extent… Many things went wrong: recruitment went wrong; training went wrong; morale went down; motivation not there; corruption was deeply ingrained; welfare was bad.”
Obasanjo also lamented the extent to which billions of dollars in oil revenues had “all disappeared” since he left office, when reserves had reached $45bn and the government had $20bn more in savings.