Former Nigerian President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has said that even though Atiku Abubakar is not a saint, he remains a better alternative to Muhammadu Buhari. Obasanjo accuses the government of Buhari of being incompetent and condoning misconduct
He alleges that the country’s anti-corruption agencies are being used to hound perceived enemies of the government. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has continued with his state of the nation comments ahead of the 2019 presidential election and has currently compared Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar the two major contenders for the presidential position. In his opinion, Obasanjo has said that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remains a better choice than Buhari, the current occupier of the seat and flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Obasanjo alleged that Buhari is incompetent and condones misconduct and as a result, does not merit re-election. Speaking in an interview with the BBC, on Tuesday, January 22nd, Obasanjo said Atiku, his former deputy, is a better choice than Buhari. In his words, “Atiku is not a messiah, he’s not a saint; and fortunately, he’s not claimed to be. He’s not claimed a fake sanctimoniousness. He came here, acknowledged and showed remorse. “He acknowledged his past misdeed and showed remorse and all the things I’ve said about him still remains. I said them, and nobody has come to controvert them but I am a believer and a Christian as such, and the teaching of God in my own religion is forgive so that you can be forgiven. “The choice that we have for the immediate Nigerian situation today is between the candidate of APC and PDP.
He went further to say “From what I know of Buhari and what he has done and shown – his utter incompetence, nepotism and condoning of evil and misconduct, including corruption, the weakness of the body, mind and totality of Buhari compared with Atiku, I believe Atiku will perform two times better than Buhari.”
Obasanjo also came hard on the nation’s anti-graft campaign of the government as, according to him, it is more of propaganda while they are used to hound perceived enemies. “You can steal the whole of Nigeria, and if you belong to APC, you’re safe; but you can steal N10, if you criticise Buhari and his government, even when you stole that N10 15 years ago, they’ll come and ask for the N10.
“All these institutions that are meant for the running of good governance, of making Nigeria wholesome, are being abused and misused just to perpetuate Buhari in government. That cannot be the way to go,” he said.