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BREAKING: Obasanjo finally endorses Buhari

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Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former president,
has publicly expressed support for the
electioneering campaign of Muhammadu
Buhari, a former military ruler and presidential
candidate of the All Progressives Congress
(APC).

Until now, he had not specifically endorsed
Buhari despite openly criticising President
Goodluck Jonathan in the last two years.
Speaking at the launch of My Watch in Nairobi,
Kenya on Tuesday, Obasanjo, who served his
two terms as president on the same Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) platform that Jonathan
is now running on, also condemned the
postponement of 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?”
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.”
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.”

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