Former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday publicly expressed support for the All Progressive Congress Presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari.
Until now, Obasanjo has not specifically endorsed Buhari despite his open criticism of President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime.
Speaking at the launch of his book, My Watch , in Nairobi, Kenya , the former Nigerian president, under the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) also condemned the postponement of the election.
He said: “The circumstances [Buhari] will be working under if he wins the election are different from the one he worked under before, where he was both the executive and the legislature – he knows that
“It’s a question of leadership – political and military. He’s smart enough. He’s educated enough. He’s experienced enough. Why shouldn’t I support him?” It was the first time that the ex-president was publicly speaking of his support for Buhari.
He criticised the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, accusing him of wasting the country’s resources. “You need to ask [Jonathan] how has he let [the army]go to this extent,” he said “Many things went wrong: recruitment went wrong; training went wrong; morale went down; motivation not there; corruption was deeply ingrained; welfare was bad.” When asked if he was still nursing further political ambition, he said: “I am an old man and I’m enjoying what I’m doing now… And then you forget I am a farmer; I have to manage my farm.”