Obasanjo: I made big mistake supporting Buhari


Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has again attacked President Muhammadu Buhari over his perceived failures.

Obasanjo, who had previously attacked Buhari through letters and public comments, said in a short interview with a blogger, Ifedayo Agoro and published on her Twitter handle, @diaryofa9jagirl, that he and ex-head of state, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, supported Buhari in 2015 because they thought he would fix the economy, fight corruption and insecurity and hire quality persons into his administration.

He said, however, that it turned out to be a “big mistake.”

He also said he never desired a third term in office, declaring that he would have actualised it if he had wanted it.

The excerpts below:

What would you say about Buhari and how he has managed the country so far?

OBJ: I made a mistake supporting Buhari, he knew nothing about the Economy.

So why did you and Babangida support him?

Because we thought he would fight corruption and insecurity, then hire people who know about economy and infrastructure. Big mistake.

From where you sit, what’s the general character of the Nigerian Youth?

The youths can’t agree. Not only do you not agree, many of you are still confused as to who to vote for.

We all can’t agree on the same things sir, also, I’m not confused, I know exactly who I’m voting for.

But you told me some minutes ago, you won’t be trying to convince anyone to do the same, that you don’t trust politicians. Where’s your conviction to convince others? You youths have no deep conviction and a commonality of purpose. It’s a shame.

Are you a feminist?

What is that? Why is there feminism? Why don’t you ask me if I’m a manist?

Because women have been subjugated for the longest time and not given equal treatment as men- morally, socially, financially.OBJ: I didn’t want a third term, if I wanted a 3rd term, I would have gotten it.

I don’t believe that is a general truth. My first child is a female, her name is Iyabo. She is the head of the family, nothing happens in the family without her knowledge, she is given all due respect as such. I give people responsibilities according to their capacity, not their gender. Look at how many women I hired when I was president. Personally, I believe women take their jobs more seriously than men, but as I said, different people, different capacities.

So you’re a feminist.

No, I’m a humanist.


Ifedayo Agoro and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo

How has aging affected your life view?

I have no regrets…When you’ve done everything at a certain age and you have the grace to still be alive, all you can continue to do is better your immediate environment,which then grows into bettering the world.

Does this mean you feel at peace with how you left the country after your tenure?

OBJ: Yes. I did all I could with the resources I had then, even though I didn’t do all I wanted to do. [Pause]

No one is perfect.

Is that Why you wanted a third term? Because you felt you hadn’t finished what you wanted to do?

I didn’t want a third term, if I wanted a third term, I would have gotten it.


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