I ‘ll never endorse Buhari, says Obasanjo
The ex-President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said he would never support President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term.
Obasanjo also rejected the President’s visit to the United States, and he said it achieved little or nothing for the country.
He said this through a report by his media adviser Kehinde Akinyemi in response to broad insinuation on the social media that he was now backing Buhari for another term.
“From the Buhari/Trump meeting, Chief Obasanjo only saw through three points: One, the US will continue to reduce purchase of crude oil from Nigeria and there is nothing Nigeria under Buhari can do about it; two, the US will export agricultural products to Nigeria and Buhari’s government will encourage that; and three – all the killings taking place in Nigeria by herdsmen are being done by expatriates trained by Gadaffi, and no Nigerian is to blame and Buhari cannot do anything to stop it.
“For whatever the meeting was worth, President Buhari again bungled another opportunity to self-redeem. No wonder President Trump ordered him in a rather condescending manner to go back home and stop the killings going on in Nigeria! We hope now Buhari will heed Trump’s advice which hopefully will be considered non-abusive.”
The report appended:
“For the record, Obasanjo has not and cannot endorse him. Chief Obasanjo sympathizes with the plight of those campaigners and supporters of Buhari. He doesn’t believe dishing out fake news that…will turn black into white.
“Nigerians know that Chief Obasanjo has only spoken the truth about widening poverty, alienation and social disunity and near disintegration of the country under Buhari. Obasanjo will continue to exercise his right to free speech, and no amount of hate speech will assuage Nigerians who are in need of a brand new leadership…
But the Presidency dismissed the statement as unworthy of response.
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina replied:
“The statement is not worth responding to. The original item being shared on social media did not emanate from us, and if a spokesman is idle enough to use it to vent a spleen once again, good luck to him.”