Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has said Nigeria is just as it used to be during the regime of military Head of State, Sani Abacha and has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of attempting to rig the forthcoming elections.
Obasanjo made these claims in an open letter titled “Point for Concern and Action” which was distributed to journalists at a press conference held at his house at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
Obasanjo, who has declared his support for PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar wrote in the letter, “Today, another Abacha Era is here. The security institutions are being misused to fight all critics and opponents of Buhari and to derail our fledgling democracy. EFCC, Police and Code of Conduct Tribunal are also being equally misused to deal with those Buhari sees as enemies for criticising him or as those who may not do his bidding in manipulating election results. Criticism, choice and being different are inherent trade mark of democracy. If democracy is derailed or aborted, anarchy and authoritarianism will automatically follow.”
“Today, as in the day of Abacha, Nigerians must rise up and do what they did in the time of Abacha. Churches and Mosques prayed. International community stood by us Nigerians. I was a beneficiary and my life was saved. Well-meaning Nigerians took appropriate actions and made sacrifices, some supreme, some less than supreme but God had the final say and He took the ultimate action”
Abacha was the military dictator who ruled Nigeria from 1993 until he died in office in 1998.
Obasanjo went on to write, “Buhari has succeeded in deceiving us the first time and we will be fools to allow ourselves to be deceived the second time,”
“Buba Galadima, who knows Buhari very well as a confidant and National Secretary of Congress for Progressive Change,CPC,, the Buhari’s party before it joined in forming All Progressives Congress, APC has warned us this time around that no matter what he promises, he cannot change his character and attitude.”
According to the former president’s letter, Galadima describes Buhari as “inflexible, insincere, dubious, intolerant, never accepts responsibility when things go wrong and impervious to reason and advice for change. If you cannot change your mind, you cannot change anything is the assertion of George Bernard Shaw.”
As regards the 2019 elections, Obasanjo makes grievous claims accusing the president of trying to hijack votes in his party’s favour.
“…he has blatantly refused to sign the revised electoral bill into law. His henchmen are working round the clock in cahoots with security and election officials to perfect their plan by computing results right from the ward to local government,state and national levels to allot him what will look like a landslide victory irrespective of the true situation for a candidate who might have carried out by proxy presidential debate and campaigns.”