Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has slammed reports that he’s changed his position against the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obasanjo made this known in a statement Wednesday, reiterating that he stood by his statement earlier issued in January that Buhari’s regime had failed to live up to the expectations of those who voted him to power in 2015.
In a statement signed by his media aid, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo stressed that he had not and could not endorse failure.
“It has come to the attention of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that some elements in the Muhammadu Buhari camp and or support group are desperate to secure a second term, fair or foul. In this desperation, everything is fair, including telling libelous lies against persons and institutions, instead of addressing the fundamental issues of statecraft and economic management,” the statement read.
“In the last 24 hours the internet has been bombarded with deliberate falsehoods aimed at hoodwinking the unsuspecting Nigerians to believe that Obasanjo has now supported Buhari for his second term because of some perceived Buhari’s ‘superlative’ performance in his encounter with Trump during his visit to the White House in Washington D. C.
“Nigerians know that Chief Obasanjo has only spoken the truth about widening poverty, alienation and social disunity and near disintegration of the country through Buhari’s incompetence,” the statement asserted.
The former president also seized the opportunity to debunk claims that he met with some Nigeria Labour Congress leaders in his house in Abuja on Workers’ Day.
On Buhari’s meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States, Obasanjo said the US would continue to reduce purchase of crude oil from Nigeria and there was nothing Nigeria under Buhari could do about it.
He added that U.S. president Donald Trump had ordered Buhari to go back home and stop the killings going on in Nigeria and he hoped that Buhari would do that.