Former President of Nigeria, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjor has advised President Muhammadu Buhari against running for reelection in the forth coming 2019 general election because of his woeful performance in the area of economic management.
Obasanjo in a published statement on Tuesday said that ” …poor performance in government – poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening inequality”have characterised the Buhari led administration.
He further said that “… 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”
Obasanjo who wrote a similar letter to former president Goodluck Jonathan before he was voted out of office is pained that Buhari has faied the Nigerian people in a number of areas apart from the economy. While commending the president for some modes achievement in the fight against corruption and the war against terror, president Obasanjo indicted Buhari for partiality and lack of whole hardheartedness in the fight against corruption.
“…blaming the Governor of the Central Bank for devaluation of the naira by 70% or so and blaming past governments for it, is to say the least, not accepting one’s own responsibility. Let nobody deceive us, economy feeds on politics and because our politics is depressing, our economy is even more depressing today. If things were good, President Buhari would not need to come in,” Obasanjo said.
According to Obasanjo, Buhari was voted to fix things that were bad and not engage in the blame game but so far he has perfected the act of blaming previous administrations.
“Our Constitution is very clear, Obasanjo said, “one of the cardinal responsibilities of the President is the management of the economy of which the value of the naira forms an integral part. Kinship and friendship that place responsibility for governance in the hands of the unelected can only be deleterious to good government and to the nation.”
Obasanjo concluded by appealing to “brother Buhari” to consider a deserved rest at this point in time and at this age.