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There’s Nothing Personal Between Buhari and Me —Obasanjo

The Alake of Egbaland , Oba Michael Gbadebo , has advised former President Olusegun Obasanjo to stop attacking President Muhammadu Buhari as he ( Obasanjo ) clocks 82 .

The monarch said he had never been comfortable whenever Obasanjo attacked Buhari, urging him to sheathe his sword .

Alake gave the advice in his goodwill message during Obasanjo ’ s 82 nd birthday celebration at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta .

Obasanjo was born on March 5 , 1937.

Alake , who served as a military officer during the military administration of Buhari between 1983 and 1985, said he had always told Obasanjo to leave his boss alone.

According to the monarch , Obasanjo has fought for the peace of the country more than anyone and has won many battles for Nigeria .

You all know that I was an officer under Gen . Buhari; so , each time Obasanjo criticises my boss, I always tell my senior ( Obasanjo ); ‘[ please , leave the President alone!’

“ At 82 , baba is still fighting ; please , fight less and be a father to everybody.

“You need to rest , fight less and take a position of a consultant at your new age .

“ At 82 years , I think you should keep your sword more rather than use it always , ” he said.

But Obasanjo , while acknowledging the goodwill messages from friends, responded to Alake ’ s plea .

Obasanjo , who supported his former deputy , Atiku Abubakar , of the Peoples Democratic Party, was one of Buhari ’ s fiercest critics during the electioneering .

He explained that the issues between him and Buhari were not personal .

He said, “ Governance is not a family affair and democracy involves criticism and considering all the sides to an issue .

“There is nothing personal between President Buhari and I .

“In a democracy , you can criticise a policy, a government or a leader because democracy is not a family affair .

“ I believe that Africa has no alternative to democracy , good governance , development and growth of our economy .

“ And if that is not happening in any country , those who keep quiet about it are accomplices .

“So , if I say anybody in government in Nigeria or any government for that matter is not doing well, let that government prove that it is well. It is not anything personal .

“ So , Kabiyesi ( Alake ) , your boss Buhari; there is nothing personal between us . Just as he is your boss, I am also his boss, with all due respect .

Obasanjo , who ruled as a military head of state from 1976 to 1979 and as a democratically elected President from 1999 to 2007, said he would forever remain Nigeria ’ s longest serving leader.

“Now , if any Nigerian comes in and have two terms , he will not have almost four years of military rule. So , I have been there longer than any Nigerian would ever be there .

“Kabiyesi ( Alake ) , anytime you say , ‘ leave my boss alone, ’ I say ‘ he is your boss. ’

“But I am also his ( Buhari) boss. So , you might also ask your boss ( Buhari ) to leave his boss alone or do what is right . ”

Earlier , a former Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa , Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi , delivered a lecture titled , ‘ Colonialism , Apartheid , Freedom and South Africa Rising . ’

Buthelezi identified corruption as the biggest challenge facing the African continent.

Buthelezi , who noted that only six countries in the African Union had ranked above 50 on the corruption index , stressed that “ corruption is pervasive throughout the region. ”

He said, “We must , however , accept the facts and fix it . When we consider countries like Seychelles and Botswana who have become paragons of excellence , we need to ask what they did to achieve such .

“There are measures we can take and we must take them ; and if we can overcome the challenges in Africa , we will open the possibilities for growth , development and social justice , ” he said.

Meanwhile , President Muhammadu Buhari has showered praises on Obasanjo as he turns 82 years old , saying that he is “ a passionate and great patriot who deserves accolades for his immeasurable contributions to our democracy and national unity . ”

The President said he would continue to accord Obasanjo respect , in spite of their political differences.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity , Mr Garba Shehu , the President said, “regardless of our political differences with Obasanjo , I still hold him in the highest esteem because his contributions to the development of the country overshadow those differences. ”

Recalling their days together in the country ’ s Armed Forces , Buhari noted, “Chief Obasanjo gave a good account of himself and inspired his juniors with his wit and other leadership skills . ”

On Obasanjo ’ s indelible marks , the President said, “ Nigeria ’ s successful transition to democratic rule in October 1979 was one of Obasanjo ’ s remarkable contributions to national development. ”


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