FORMER President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said democracy is the reason behind his call to President Muhammadu Buhari to step down from the mantle of leadership.
Mr. Obasanjo stated this in an interview with Deutsche Welle and aired by Channels Television.
He said democracy is about ‘change’ especially when the expected result is not achieved as this was the reason the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan was voted out, adding that his call on the president to step aside was a right one.
“Yes it was a right decision, with the benefit of an insight, you will agree with me if you know what has happened and what is happening, what is being revealed about the government of Jonathan and those who are with him in terms of sordid corruption and you will agree that it was the right decision (to vote him out).
“I believe it was a decision also that is good at that point in time for our country and our democracy because we were able to transition from one party to another party, as a result of that we are consolidating our democratic process, so it was a right decision.
“And then it’s also a right decision now for us to see that the man who has taken over from Jonathan (Buhari) has not met the expectation of Nigerians that is what democracy is all about.
“Democracy is about change if things are not what they should be so it’s a right decision but if you say that’s not the right decision then you’re not a democrat, and I am a democrat and tomorrow if I take a decision and things have not worked out the way we expected to work out in a democracy then you make a change,” the former president said.
Mr. Obasanjo, had advised Mr. Buhari not to seek a second term in office.
lamented that his hope that Buhari would help birth change when he supported him in 2015 had been grossly derailed in the face of what he said was the President’s failure to rise above his deficiencies.
Mr. Buhari was also blasted for promoting clannishness in governance which had led to increased divisions in the polity and a culture of buck passing.
Obasanjo said his disappointments with Buhari, however, did not mean that the political opposition in the shape of his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was any better.
While noting the appropriation of the opposition party by some forces he said would not offer any change, the former Nigerian leader called on patriots to join him in a third force which he said should birth the change that would take Nigeria to its place of glory.
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