Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday, referred to the Muhammadu Buhari government as a failed government and advised Nigerians not to give him their votes in the 2019 general elections. This comes three months after the former president, in a 12-page letter, criticised President Buhari’s performance, urging him not to seek re-election in 2019.
Obasanjo, who stated this when a body known as the ‘New Nigeria 2019 Group visited him at his home in Ogun State, noted that re-electing Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) will be foolhardy of Nigerians, adding that it will amount to reinforcing failure.
While alleging that the current administration is running an ineffective economic policy that has crippled businesses and caused economic woes in the country which has brought hardship on Nigerians, the Ex-General also took a swipe at his former party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asking Nigerians to ignore the party’s recent apology as both main parties cannot salvage the country.
“But this time, for us to make it, we need all hands on deck. I have publicly said and I mean it that as a party, neither PDP nor APC can get us there as they have been. Never mind about reforms and apology and all that.
“And yet we have to get there; I asked one of the founding members of PDP, the PDP we started, was it a grassroots party and he replied that it was an elitist party. Really, we have never had a so-called grassroots party; even the NEPU which we could say, is the nearest, was not grassroots enough. I believe strongly that we must have a strong, popular grassroots movement to bring about change, sustainability and stability that we need in our democracy and development”.
“The truth is when you have an ineffective and incompetent government, we are all victims, and don’t let anybody deceive you. Those of you who are in business could have been better today if we had a competent, effective and performing government. As I said, stop giving excuses; we met challenges. If there are no challenges, then we wouldn’t need you to come; you came in because you knew there are challenges and then giving excuses that you have many challenges, that is why you haven’t achieved results?”
“And then you still want to go. The first lesson I learnt in my military training is never to reinforce failure; what we have now is failure; never you reinforce failure; let failure be failure and if you don’t see what you should see, you will then be a victim of what you don’t like because it’s only when you see what you should see and you do what you should do that put you away what you do not like. And if you don’t see what you should see and don’t do what you should do, you will be a victim of what you don’t like”, Obasanjo asserted.