Obasanjo Asks Buhari to Jettison 2019 Ambition

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By Femi Ogbonnikan in Abeokuta


Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.

Obasanjo, in a special press statement, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigerian Movement”, released on Tuesday in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, said Buhari has performed far below expectations and should honourably “dismount from the horse” to join the league of the country’s former leaders whose “experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the sideline for the good of the country.”

The former President said he feels disappointed with Buhari’s performance, whom he supported during the 2015 election over the, then incumbent and candidate of his former party, Goodluck Jonathan.

Recalling an open letter he wrote sometime in December 2013 titled, “Before it is Too Late” where he highlighted the numerous failures of the Jonathan administration, Obasanjo noted that his decision to go against Mr Jonathan, was borne out of the realities on ground at that time, and as such the events in the last three years of Buhari of poor performance have since proved, hence the advice for him to jettison his re-election bid was for the good of the nation and nothing personal.
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  • shakara123

    Please stop discouraging PMB from running for a second term. Please let him run so he can be disgraced at the polls and pushed out of office. It is the only way for Nigerian politicians to learn that they cannot take the citizenry for granted. If politicians don’t perform then they should be shown the door out.

    • Akaraka

      He has covered all the strategic positions to rig the election, that’s the only way this run away disaster can emerge victorious.

  • Guyman

    This is one of those times when the message is much more important than the messenger. He who has ears let them hear. Keyboard battling is not enough any more. Get REGISTERED to vote in 2019. If Buhari has pleased you and you truly can see where he’s leading us as a nation and a people, by all means vote for him. If on the other hand you’re not, then be ready on the day to vote for an alternative.

  • Admonisher

    Why is everybody scared of Buhari?
    Almost subconsciously, they know the man wins hands down in 2019. Notice OBJ’s statement. Nowhere did he say Buhari won’t win. He knows the odds are with Buhari so this is more of an appeal.
    My advice for OBJ; you have given your advice in public. Now let the voters decide. This is a democracy. We will see whether age and health actually makes someone unelectable

  • RumuPHC

    OBJ has done the right thing by speaking truth to power. The time has come for true friends of PMB to save the president from himself and the cabal at Aso Rock and APC. Hopefully other well meaning Nigerians will equally do the needful .

  • MANOFgod

    This senile Obasanjo ruled this country for over 10 years and we have nothing to show for it. He had the opportunity to put things right but he was only concerned with a third term agenda and Halliburton dollars, now he has suddenly found the answers to all Nigerias problems. No doubt he is a megalomaniac as his daughter Iyabo rightly said a few years ago. He is big uncharitable fool and, God forgive me, but i hope he comes to an inglorious end. The big old philanderer.

    • Ahmed Buhari

      Kindly stay focused on the points he raised in his piece. Can you fault any? Buhari is a monumental disaster. Period.

      • MANOFgod

        He hasn’t said anything that we don’t already know, but unlike you and I social media critics, he had more than enough chance to set things right and he flunked big time. He’s arguably the architect of our current misfortunes. He has no moral standing to stand now pointing fingers.

  • Salmon Omokanye

    Olusegun Obasanjo is the third person, after Dele Momodu and Na’aba, to speak up courageously against fielding Buhari for a second term. Sadly neither the so called National leader nor the National chairman of the APC showed courage or honesty to appraise Buhari’s performance and plan succession. That was disappointing betrayal of the confidence reposed in APC to produce competent government with capacity and capability to reform Nigerian institutions and foster peace and prosperity. Buhari has not lived up to anyone’s expectations. His second coming has made us realise he is neither visionary nor decisive in matters of national leadership. Obviously, age and ill health conspired to reduce his capability. However, planning a second time shows he is self serving and delusional. He would be putting personal ego before National interest.

  • Fula

    Honestlt, i cant fault Baba on this one. PMB’s flanks are gaping wide and he seems totally unaware of it. This is about Nigeria first

  • KWOY

    The evils are here to cancel themselves out – and give way to an putrid vacuum! The end of this satanic construct is here!

  • Ola Dorry Abiola

    OBASANJO IS JEALOUS BECAUSE BUHARI HAS SUPERSEDE HIS EIGHT YEARS ACHIEVEMENT IN 3 YEARS. EIGHT YEARS WASTED A MAN WHO CANNOT WIN HIS WARD IN AN ELECTION

    • Ahmed Buhari

      Did they just discharge you from Yaba Left? Please quit that thing you have been smoking.

  • James Gunn

    It is only an enemy of the youth of Nigeria, enemy of the young sons and daughters of nigeria, enemy of democracy, enemy of justice, equity and peace and an enemy of the economy that will support Buhari. I have said it severally and I will keep saying it again. It is no longer a case of Pdp vs apc, the truth, the hard truth is that Buhari is not good enough. He has failed in all aspects of governance. The only place where he has a semblance of success is in ending the impunity of Boko Haram vis a vis their claiming territory but the suicide bombings remain with us and are increasing. In a Nigeria requiring a president who upholds federal character in his appointments, Buhari is a failure. In the economy, he is an unmitigated disaster. Every achievement is not because of him, but in spite of him. Even Jonathan as weak as he was had a handle on his inner cabinet, no one seems to be in charge here with people doing what they like and disregarding directives. Buhari must not be allowed to divide nigeria with his clannish approach to government matters. No matter what people say about Obasanjo, he still matters in our politics. This letter will give others who have been sitting on the fence the courage to call this government out. Buhari is a total failure as far as I am concerned and this fulani herdsmen issue will be the end of his administration.

    • Akaraka

      Well said, Mr. Gunn.

  • Arabakpura

    Vintage OBJ punctuating his recently awarded Ph.D with an epistle to the dullard of Daura!

    • john

      Vintage….. What happened to your call to probe him for Halliburton after supporting buhari 2015.

      • Arabakpura

        Are you sleeping? Who told you I ever called for the Ebora Owu’s probe? Something must be wrong with you!

    • okbaba

      Might be the thesis he submitted for the award, being leaked to the press!!

  • Ahmed Buhari

    Spot on! Alas the day! Buhari’s days are numbered.

  • Sustain Transformation

    Jungle don mature..

  • Cute Morals

    6 minutes ago
    I’ve been aiming for the limits of OBJ’s political smartness, although there were moments of dullness, and not too smart. But generally I rated him a smart politician base on many actions he took, like after taking over power in 1999, he realised that he cannot win re-election with the way Nigeria was and still structured, he went in kneel to beg his then deputy to surrender his ambition of succeeding him for another four years. And also because of the way Nigeria was structured and still structured, he introduced rigging to have the edge ( a rigged system produces bad leaders). OBJ noticed that an inept Jonathan could win in 2011 he came up with do or die rhetoric… Sensing the political situations in 2015, he got his PDP membership card torn, that was a smart one also. But can he also gets it right this time, I doubt. Reasons are: 1) Buhari has satisfied his political bases 100% by skewing major appointments to those bases. 2) when Nigeria was in recession people were losing jobs but series of elctions were conducted outside his strong hold and his party was doing extremely well (Rivers, Edo, Ondo etc), that to me was a referendum. And now that recession is over. Jobs are returning. The power situation is getting better I don’t think OBJ’s card is going to work.
    There is one syndrome that have been diagnosed in OBJ, it’s name is ONLY ME.

    • Saburi

      God bless you for this comment

      • Arabakpura

        And God bless more Dr Obasanjo., Ph.D, the Ebora Owu, for being a distinguished statesman!

        • john

          Is it the same obasanjo you chastised buhari for not probing over Halliburton. Has suddenly become your hero. You igbos will be sorely disappointed next year. You make so much noise, but buhari looks at you quietly as the quiet one he is and he excels over you. Die he didn’t die, economy did not sink as you wished. You never wanted and expected him to win 2015. But he did against all abusive odds. Same repeats again. Buhari till 2023.

          • Arabakpura

            You are a liar!

      • Cute Morals

        Amen

    • kenn

      I agree with until you said “…jobs are returning..”
      Which jobs,which power situation?

      • Saburi

        electricity supply has greatly improved in my area

        • kenn

          Your area is now the guage for the so called improved power situation

      • john

        He is right. Up till February 2017 when the cbn released more dollars, my company was in the red in debt to foreign suppliers due to paucity of fx. But after then it’s in the black. We are building a new factory and have advertised for 20 new positions to be filled.
        Jobs are indeed returning.

    • ndamba

      Agreed. The only difficulty this term is PMB is hell bent on sinking or floating with the presidency or at least Fulani hegemony. No amount of conventional pressure would make him see the folly of his inordinate ambition. Why am I even saying this, he has no capacity to even work out the import even when faced with same. I just pray a crass Bigot like him ends up like his ilks throughout history. Shame unto the Tinubus of this world for so hating their nation and be so selfish to destroy its sure footed progress by their disastrous support for this devil.

    • john

      Good one.

    • Ahmed Buhari

      You are insulting the cultured north by suggesting that Buhari is satisfying us 100 percent by skewing appointments in our favour. Buhari’s nepotism is an ill wind that does not blow anybody any good including the North. The man has not done anything concrete for the North, except probably his proposal of cattle colony which is generating mixed feelings here. The economic hardship which this government has brought remains excruciating in the North. Buhari is clearly unelectable.

  • The oracle has spoken.That’s the end of PMB

    • john

      Which oracle. Grandfather of corruption you mean. Buhari is a force and a mystery. Obj is a spent force. Buharis supporters cannot be swayed by this. Keep deluding yourself.

      • Arabakpura

        Are you still hallucinating? If you love Buhari that much, you can take thought and join him in his farm in Daura! His wife has already started packing! They will need somebody to help them in milking their cows!

        • john

          Ipob…. When will you guys see beyond your nose. Obj has only given you red meat to feel energised amongst yourselves. Don’t think too much about his letter. Buhari will win hands-down, eyes blinded, armed tied behind his back.

          • Arabakpura

            You have no shame! Prepare to follow him to his darn cow farm! His wife has already started packing!

      • josvinco

        @John. Mind your nonsensical effusion. You cannot speak out about the happenings in your country. Someone else is doing it for you. You need to show appreciation. If you are in better position, millions are not in that position. You must be a selfish individual.

    • yinka

      Which oracle has spoken? OBJ, you are smoking too much Igbo. Who made OBJ President in 1999 ? Who kick him out when he attempted to be President third time? OBJ like to play to the gallery as the only person love Nigeria more than any citizen. Hence, his option should be the gospel. Well, we shall see how he will prevent APC from nominating. OBJ want to make joke of himself knowing very well that Buhari is the unanimous candidate of APC.

  • Toby

    Hahaha. Who knew this time will come? Buhari set this country back by 50 years.

    “I have told my husband to retire next year. I know it will be by God’s mercy he survives the next 4 years. Me, I am ready to move to kaduna or duara. I will not campaign for him. They want to kill him? This country deserves better”…..Aisha Buhari.

    • Arabakpura

      Toby, tell us where you got that quote from!

      • Toby

        If I tell you that I overheard her make it, you may not believe me. But It’s a fact.