A former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has publicly expressed support for APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in the coming general elections.
Speaking at the launch of My Watch in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, Obasanjo, who was the president of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said Buhari will not be a dictator should he win the election.
“The circumstances [Buhari] will be working under if he wins the election are different from the one he worked under before, where he was both the executive and the legislature – he knows that,” he said. “It’s a question of leadership – political and military.
“He’s smart enough. He’s educated enough. He’s experienced enough. Why shouldn’t I support him?”
He also criticised the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, accusing him of wasting the country’s resources. “You need to ask [Jonathan] how has he let [the army] go to this extent,” he said “Many things went wrong: recruitment went wrong; training went wrong; morale went down; motivation not there; corruption was deeply ingrained; welfare was bad.” When asked if he was still nursing further political ambition, he said: “I am an old man and I’m enjoying what I’m doing now… And then you forget I am a farmer; I have to manage my farm.