Olusegun Obasanjo, the ex President of Nigeria warns against the rumors about Jonathan administration planning to hand over to the military regime if Jonathan loses in the upcoming presidential election scheduled for Saturday, 28th March, 2015.
Obasanjo stated such a decision will undermine Nigeria status as the giant of Africa. He made this statement while hosting the South West women of APC directed by Buhari‘s wife, Aisha Buhari.
I do hope we will get things more right. A lot of rumours are flying around, I think we have done away from the rumour of Interim Government because that is not in our constitution. I hope we will soon go away from the rumour of handing over to the military because the military is not meant to run affairs of a nation in terms of running government.
And the international community will not condone it, particularly African Union where it is part and parcel of the constituting act of the African Union, that any government that is brought about, not on the basis of the constitution will not be accepted, will not be tolerated and will not be a member of the AU until that government is dismantled.
It shouldn’t be Nigeria, we are the largest country in Africa, we should be a model, setting examples, we shouldn’t be drawing Africa backward, I hope we will not. I hope at the end of this exercise, we would be where we should be, leading Africa and showing examples for the rest of Africa and indeed the rest of the world.
We have the goodwill of many people, I watched, last night, President Obama talking about our constitution, I watched our brother from Ghana, the current Chairman of ECOWAS talked about our constitution, they are all interested, they all wish us well, should we wish ourselves anything less?
Obasanjo also expressed his satisfaction towards Aisha Buhari on the success of APC campaign rallies across the nation. He urged that lessons sould be learnt from the outcome of what happens during and after election. He encouraged that the political parties should focus more on their vison and mission for a better Nigeria during campaign rallies rather than trying to pull each other down.
I am happy to hear directly from you, Mrs Buhari that the campaign so far, from the assessment has gone very well. May be I should say one or two things about campaign, I do hope that whatever happens at the elections, the one coming this week and the one coming a couple of weeks after that, that we would have learnt the right lessons from what has taken place this time around.
Unfortunately, issues that should have been the main item of our campaign, are not being addressed. We have serious issues of security, we have serious issue of our economy, we have issue of unemployment particularly youth unemployment, we have serious issues of infrastructure, these are issues amongst others that I believe campaign of those who are interested in the present and the future of this country should be directed at.
How are we going to get them, what are we going to do, not trivial issues of certificate, no certificate, not trivial issue about someone being a Nigerian or not.
I said it, this is what they had in Cote d’Ivore that led them into almost a very serious problem, not issue of religion, not issue of tribe, not issue of section but issues of unity of this country I hope this will be the last time in the history of this country that we will have this type of campaign of hatred or division.
Aisha Buhari in her comments, referred to Obasanjo as a remarkable historic man that succeeded in ruling Nigeria twice as a Nationalist, she also expressed her remorse towards women who live in Boko haram affected areas as they are deprived the opportunity to be a part of the APC women Presidential rally.
Baba exercises his prowess as a father, as a former head of state of Nigeria twice, very few Nigerians have the opportunity to rule the country twice, we are here today to show our appreciation the way you handle things as a statesman and also a nationalist.
We thank you so much for acting beyond party in getting things right, thank you for that, may you live long to continue solving out problems.
My heart goes to our sisters, daughters, grandmothers, and women in the North-East -Yobe, Adamawa and Borno. They do not have the opportunity of doing the kind of rally and enlightenment that we are doing today toward the elections.
I am from the North-East, it is terrible for women to watch their husbands being slaughtered.
Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, wife to the Buhari’s running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo also made a remark. she said;
A vote for Buhari and my husband is a vote for cange for better things in the country.
Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo adjured the women at the gathering to pray Nigeria see the change they want on Saturday, 28th March.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State was also present at the event. He commended the women for creating time to involve themselves in politics and also enjoined they collect their PVCss. He said;
Where we find our nation at present, the best persons that can fix Nigeria is Gen. Buhari and Prof. Osinbajo.