5 things Obasanjo told Buhari in his 'special statement'

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday, January 23, issued a press statement on the state of the nation, which he titled The Way Out:

A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement. In the statement, the ex-president advised Buhari not to seek re-election in the 2019 general elections.

1. Why Nigerians voted for Buhari The situation that made Nigerians to vote massively to get my brother Jonathan off the horse is playing itself out again. First, I thought I knew the point where President Buhari is weak and I spoke and wrote about it even before Nigerians voted for him and I also did vote for him because at that time it was a matter of “any option but Jonathan”.

2. Buhari’s has a weak understanding of the Nigerian economy I knew President Buhari before he became president and said that he is weak in the knowledge and understanding of the economy; but I thought that he could make use of good Nigerians in that area that could help.

3. Corruption in the presidency There were serious allegations of round- tripping against some inner caucus of the presidency which would seem to have been condoned. I wonder, if such actions do not amount to corruption and financial crime, then what is it? Culture of condonation and turning blind eye will cover up rather than clean up. And going to justice must be with clean hands.

4. Herdsmen-farmers crisis The herdsmen/crop farmers issue is being wittingly or unwittingly allowed to turn sour and messy. It is no credit to the federal government that the herdsmen rampage continues with careless abandon and without finding an effective solution to it.

5. Governors’ endorsement of Buhari It is a sad symptom of insensitivity and callousness that some governors, a day after 73 victims were being buried in a mass grave in Benue state without condolence, were jubilantly endorsing President Buhari for a second term! The timing was most unfortunate.