Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, continue to be in the news ahead of the February 19 elections. This time, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has slammed the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari accusing him of using dictatorial powers to rule the country. Both men ruled the country as military Generals in the past, before returning as civilians via democratic elections.
Obasanjo, once an ally of Buhari drafted an open letter titled ‘Points for Concern and Action’, where he landed some body punches on the Buhari administration.
“Today, another Abacha (former late dictator) 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”.
Ahead the elections in few weeks he called on Nigerians to vote out the incumbent:
“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.”
He however raised concerns over the electoral body’s credibity at conducting credible elections, saying:
“Incidences of deliberately contrived, broken or non-working voting machines or card readers, confusion of voters as to their voting stations, inadequate supply of voting materials to designated places, long line to discourage voters and turning blind eyes to favour the blue-eye political party of INEC because the Commission’s hands will be tied to enable hatchet men and women to perform their unwholesome assignment”.
In response, a Buhari spokesperson replied: “Our first message to the former President is that he needs a good doctor for good treatment and to say to him, ‘Get well soon’.”