How Atiku Failed Me in 2007 - Olusegun Obasanjo

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  • says he doesn't know the position Bola Tinubu holds in APC
  • Insists that Buhari has failed his responsibilities
  • explains how Boko Haram turned violent

Obasanjo on Atiku before Endorsement:

A former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo said his former deputy, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar failed him.

Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar
Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar

He said he intentionally gave him many responsibilities when he was the Vice President which he complained about and failed him many times.

Obasanjo said this during a programme titled "The Talk," which was aired on Youtube Channel, "Voice of the People."

The interview seems to be held before he endorsed Atiku for 2019 Presidency. Obasanjo said he had hoped that Atiku would succeed him as President in 2007.

Continuing on Atiku, “Atiku didn’t want to become even a Vice President (in 1999). He was elected as a governor,” he recalled.

He said his plan was to mentor Atiku to be his successor but he failed him as he could not make the right decisions.

Obasanjo added, “My plan was that he would be given a lot of work to do domestically and Atiku even used to complain that I gave him too much work to do, which was intentional because I wanted him to get to know things.

“My second term was that having prepared him for domestic issues, I would want him to represent Nigeria for one year at the African Union, Economic Community of West African States and the United Nations for a year so that he would be fully prepared, but the first thing I found out was that his judgement was not right on many occasions.”

On Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The former President had been asked to identify the designations of certain political figures in the country.

He identified Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as the President and Vice President respectively, while he also identified Senator Bukola Saraki as the Senate President.

When asked to identify Tinubu, he said, “Oh, Bola? Bola is supposed to be the leader of the APC. I don’t know the position of his leadership as you and I are talking.”

In the interview, which seemed to have been recorded before he openly endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party,

Obasanjo said this was the reason he gave Atiku a lot of responsibilities but his former deputy made some wrong decisions.

On Boko Haram

The former President said his successor (Late Umaru Yar'Adua) mismanaged the problem of Boko Haram into a terrorist group.

He said Boko Haram would not have become a scourge if he was still the President.

He recalled that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan gave him a permission in 2011 to visit the family of Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf and other aggrieved persons in the terrorist group and they told him why they were carrying arms.

The former President added, “In 2011, I went to Maiduguri. This was after Boko Haram had attacked the UN building in Abuja and I just wanted to know who they were and if they had leaders and what their grievances were.

“I found out that these elements of Boko Haram had been there even while I was in government. And they, through their intermediary, said they were there and I didn’t disturb them so they didn’t disturb me.

“They were preaching Sharia and that was what they wanted. But, according to them, when I left government, they were being chased and haunted and they lost a number of their adherents and they decided to fight back and even the leader of their sect, Mohammed Yusuf, was killed and his in-law was also killed.

“They went to court to try and get compensation which was granted to them but the state government did not pay.”

On President Muhammadu Buhari's performance:

Obasanjo in the same interview insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari has underperformed.

He vowed, as a watchman, to continue to speak the truth to power

The former President said advised Nigerians, particularly the youths to elect leaders who are fit to run into the  “digital 21st century post-modern era rather than electing analogue personalities.”

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