Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has said his former Vice and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar is not a Messiah and a saint that Nigeria needs, but that he will perform twice better than President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obasanjo, who spoke in an interview with BBC Pidgin, said he believed Abubakar would perform “two times better” than Buhari.
“Atiku is not a messiah; he is not a saint. Fortunately, he has not claimed to be. He has not claimed a fake sanctimoniousness. He came here. He acknowledged his past misdeeds and showed remorse.
“I am a believer and a Christian, as such and the teaching of God in my own religion is to forgive so that you can be forgiven. In fact, it goes further that if you do not forgive, you have no right to expect God’s forgiveness.
“I’m a sinner and I want God to forgive my sins. So, if anybody who has offended me comes to ask for forgiveness, I must forgive him. That’s number one.
“Number two, the choice that we have for the immediate in Nigerian situation today is between the candidate of APC and PDP. The other minor parties will line behind or not sufficiently relevant.
“So, if APC puts down Buhari and PDP puts down Atiku, and from what I know of Buhari and what you know, what he has done and shown is utter incompetence, nepotism, condones evil and misconduct, including corruption. The weakness of the body, mind and the totality of Buhari, compared with Atiku, I believe Atiku will perform two times better than Buhari.
“Now, you can steal the whole of Nigeria and if you belong to APC, you are safe. Corruption is not only stealing money; nepotism is a form of corruption,” Obasanjo said.
Vanguard reports that Obasanjo had on Sunday accused the president of taking the country back to the Sani Abacha era. On Tuesday, Buhari and Obasanjo met at the council of state meeting, where the former president said the opening prayer.