Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday told Nigerians not to reinforce failure by reelecting President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Obasanjo said this at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State while playing host to the New Nigeria 2019 group, led by the convener, Chima Anyaso.
He said Buhari was presently a failure and he should change his attitude of giving excuses for his shortcomings so as to achieve results.
He said: “The first lesson I learned in my military training is to never reinforce failure.
“What we have now is failure.
“Never reinforce failure.
“Let failure be failure.
“And if you do not see what you should see, you will then be a victim of what you don’t like because it’s only when you see what you should see and you do what you should do that you put away what you do not like.”
Obasanjo accused Buhari and the All Progressives Congress of bringing hardship on Nigerians and running ineffective economic policies, which had crippled businesses.
He noted that it was uncharitable for the President and his party to continue to whine about challenges almost three years in office, while they had failed to solve them.
He said: “As I said, stop giving excuses.
“We met challenges.
“If there are no challenges, then we wouldn’t need you to come.
“You come in because you know there are challenges and then giving us an excuse that you have many challenges that is why you haven’t achieved results.”
For the Peoples Democratic Party, Obasanjo warned Nigerians not to be deceived by its apology, arguing that neither the PDP nor the APC could get Nigeria out of its economic mess.
He said: “The truth is this: When you have an ineffective and incompetent government, we are all victims.
“And don’t let anybody deceive you.
“Those of you who are in business, your business could have been better today if we have a competent and effective and performing government.”
“But this time, for us to make it, we need all hands on deck.
“You see, I have publicly said and I mean it that as a party, neither PDP nor APC can get us there… never mind about reforms and apology and all that.
“I am happy to meet with you, but don’t take anything for granted.
“There will be a lot of work that we have to do.
“What those I call power addicts would want to do is to divide you based on gender, age, tribe, religion and region.
“You have one commonality – interest of Nigeria.
“And it doesn’t matter where you come from.”