Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019, accusing him of nepotism and lacking an understanding of the “dynamics of internal politics.”
Obasanjo also cautioned that the factors that made Nigerians vote out Buhari’s predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, was again at play.
In a letter titled, ‘The Way Out: A Clarion Call For Coalition For Nigeria Movement’, he maintained that Buhari needed a “dignified and honourable dismount from the horse. He needs to have time to reflect, refurbish physically and recoup. And after appropriate rest, once again, join the stock of Nigerian leaders whose experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the sidelines for the good of the country.”
He said: “Without impaired health and the strain of age, running the affairs of Nigeria is a 25/7 affair, not 24/7,” and appealed to Buhari to “consider a deserved rest at this point in time and at this age.”He stressed: “President Buhari does not necessarily need to heed my advice,” but insisted: “Whether or not he heeds it, Nigeria needs to move on and move forward.”
Femi Adesina, Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, had in a recent interview in Abuja disclosed that the state of the President’s health could determine whether he seeks re-election or not. “Health is wealth. The President is not a frivolous person. If he thinks that his health cannot carry anything, he will not do it. So, of course, his health will matter a lot,” Adesina said.
The former president accused the Buhari-led government of “wittingly or unwittingly” allowing the herdsmen crisis to “turn sour and messy.” According to him, “It is no credit to the Federal Government that the herdsmen rampage continues with careless abandon and without an effective solution.”He noted that it was a “sad symptom of insensitivity and callousness” that some governors, barely 24 hours after 73 victims of the Benue massacre were buried, jubilantly endorsed Buhari for a second term.