Thursday, February 12, 2015 9:31 pm
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has launched his book, My Watch in London, with another verbal missile thrown at President Goodluck Jonathan.
Reports said the two-time Nigerian leader described Jonathan as a mediocre not worth the blood of Nigerians.
He spoke in London Wednesday, in an event organised by the Royal African Society, saying that there are many Nigerians worthy of the office of president and wondered why there is so frenzy at sustaining Jonathan, even at the cost of blood.
“There is no sentiment in the affairs of Nigeria. Nigeria is a population of 180million and you wouldn’t have anybody other than one person or two persons that can run the affairs of Nigeria? What the hell are we talking about?”
“For me there are millions who can run the affairs of Nigeria that are not even coming out. So why should you die on behalf of one who is probably performing as a mediocre.
“With all due respect. Nigeria, if you love it, you would look for the best for Nigeria and I don’t believe that at this point in time we have the best.”
Unlike in Nairobi, where he also launched My Watch, Obasanjo refrained from repeating the endorsement of Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, contesting the presidency with Jonathan, a member of Obasanjo’s Peoples Democratic Party, which has been in power since 1999.
“What I said and I maintain that and I will say it again and I will do it. When the time comes for me to vote, I will consider the track record of all the candidates that are contesting and I will assess and based on my assessment for who I believe have the best track record to perform the job of the Nigerian president, then he will have my vote and if anybody should know what the job of the Nigerian president requires, I should know,” he said.