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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, ‘Abandons’ President Buhari, Sends Dangerous Signals To Aso Rock, Ahead Of 2019 Elections


Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, ‘Abandons’ President Buhari, Sends Dangerous Signals To Aso Rock, Ahead Of 2019 Elections

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has commended some African Leaders, during a major speech on Leadership, at Oxford University, but left out the President of his own country, Muhammadu Buhari.

The former President named three African countries whose Leaders he said, are taking progressive economic measures, and recording giant strides in line with the demands of the 21st century.
He specifically cited President Allassane Ouatarra, for “focusing on transformative potential in Côte d’Ivoire.”
His words: “Mr. Ouatarra took immediate steps to heal the country, following the violence that greeted his election in 20112, Obasanjo said.
He added: “Mr. Ouatarra changed the narrative to get ahead of the economic curve by posting a double-digit GDP growth, exporting electricity to neighbouring Ghana and Mali and exporting processed versions of Ivory Coast’s rich raw materials and agricultural produce like cocoa, cotton, rubber and palm oil and making his country live with the largest percentage of middle-class market in all of Africa”, Obasanjo told his audience at the Africa Initiative for Governance at Blavatnik School of Government.
“It is not surprising that at the commanding heights of the economies doing well in Africa today, are some of the best economic managers who had proven their mettle in major international financial institutions and focused professionals who know their onions”, Obasanjo stated while listing Rwanda and Ethiopia as the two other countries doing well alongside Côte d’Ivoire.
It was not immediately clear why Obasanjo left out Buhari, whom he backed for President during the 2015 elections.
However, there are insinuations that Obasanjo will soon declare his support for another candidate, ahead of 2019 general elections.
Nonetheless, this is not the first time Obasanjo would decline to see Buhari as an economic heavyweight.
It was also not immediately clear how Obasanjo’s latest comments would be seen by Buhari, who has already commenced groundwork for his re-election in 2019.
Obasanjo has however, not openly disclosed his preferred candidate for President in 2019, but the election is widely expected to pit Buhari against Atiku Abubakar, a retired Customs Officer-turned-Businessman, who served as Vice President throughout Obasanjo’s tenure.

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