Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in faraway Nairobi, Kenya expressed confidence in the ability of General Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pull through in the coming presidential election and has started softening the ground for his emergence.
As if projecting into the immediate future of Nigeria, Obasanjo said Buhari will rule differently as the next President of Nigeria while not following his old habit as one time military ruler in the country.
He spoke at the launch of My Watch in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, just as he condemned the postponement of the general election in Nigeria.
Said he, “The circumstances [Buhari] will be working under if he wins the elections are different from the one he worked under before, where he was both the executive and the legislature — he knows that,” he said.
“He’s smart enough. He’s educated enough. He’s experienced enough. Why shouldn’t I support him?” It is the first time that the ex-president has publicly spoken of his support for Buhari.
He recently said that he would only speak out on his leaning after the election has been conducted. On the postponement of the election he said: “The signs are not auspicious. I don’t know whether a script is being played.
He 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.”