Obasanjo Explains His Endorsement Of Buhari
Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has again cleared
the air on his stand concerning the forthcoming presidential elections, as
well as the candidate he will support.
At the launch of his new book 'My Watch' in the United Kingdom, Obasanjo
responded to questions on reports that he had endorsed the presidential
candidate of the APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, maintaining that his wish
is to see Nigeria headed by a strong president.
“Well, whatever you get in the paper and in the press, please yourself,”
he said to guests at the event, who wanted to confirm the reported
“What I said, I maintain that I will say it again and I will do it. When
the time comes for me to vote, I will consider the track record of all the
candidates that are contesting and I will assess and based on my own
assessment for who I believe have the best track record to perform the job
of the Nigerian President, then he will have my vote.
He added, “If anybody should know what the job of the Nigerian President
requires, I should know.”
Obasanjo, who is also a retired Army General, spoke further, “Nigeria has
a population of 180 million and you wouldn't have anybody other than one
person or two persons that can run the affairs of Nigeria? What the hell
are we talking about?
“For me, there are millions who can run the affairs of Nigeria who are not
even coming out. So why should you die on behalf of one who is probably
performing as a mediocre? With all due respect.
“Nigeria, if you love it, you would look for the best for Nigeria and I
don't believe that at this point in time we have the best for Nigeria,” he
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