…says; president tolerates corruption, nepotism
Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has rejected the bid of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in 2019.
Buhari’s aides and Kinsmen have been canvassing support for his re-election, while APC stakeholders in the South East have publicly declared support for his second term in office.
But Obasanjo, who publicly tore his PDP membership card, in a statement on Tuesday, scored him low in terms of performance and advised him to ditch the idea of re-contesting for office again.
He accused the President of tolerating nepotism and round-tripping, while claiming to be fighting against corruption.
Obasanjo, also made reference to the former President Jonathan, who refused to heed his advice to make amends until it was too late
In his statement, obasanjo wrote; “Even the horse rider then, with whom I maintain very cordial, happy and social relationship today has come to realise his mistakes and regretted it publicly and I admire his courage and forthrightness in this regard,”
”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.
”But there are three other areas where President Buhari has come out more glaringly than most of us thought we knew about him.
”One is nepotic deployment bordering on clannishness and inability to bring discipline to bear on errant members of his nepotic court. This has grave consequences on performance of his government to the detriment of the nation. It would appear that national interest was being sacrificed on the altar of nepotic interest.
”What does one make of a case like that of Maina: collusion, condonation, ineptitude, incompetence, dereliction of responsibility or kinship and friendship on the part of those who should have taken visible and deterrent disciplinary action?”, the statement asks.