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Obasanjo Blasts Tinubu And Atiku: ‘Emi Lokan’ And ‘I Have Paid My Dues’ Are The Same

Obasanjo Blasts Tinubu And Atiku: ‘Emi Lokan’ And ‘I Have Paid My Dues’ Are The Same

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In an extremely long press release on Sunday, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo criticized his former vice president Atiku Abubakar and his former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for advocating the idea that it is their turn to rule Nigeria.

“Let me say straight away that “Emi Lokan” (my turn) and “I have paid my dues” are one and the same thing and are the wrong attitude and mentality for the leadership of Nigeria now,” Obasanjo said in the letter he sent to the Nigerian youths on New Year’s Day.

He also endorsed Peter Obi of the Labour Party as the candidate that Nigerians should support in the 2023 presidential election.

He said “None of the contestants is a saint but when one compares their character, antecedent, their understanding, knowledge, discipline and vitality that they can bring to bear and the great efforts required to stay focused on the job particularly looking at where the country is today and with the experience on the job that I personally had, Peter Obi as a mentee has an edge. Others like all of us have what they can contribute to the new dispensation to liberation, restoration and salvaging of Nigeria collectively.”

On Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar’s presidential ambitions, he said, “I have interacted with the major contestants, and I find it interesting that, in one form or another, each of them claims to want to do what I did during my presidency and to take Nigeria back to where it was at the height of my presidency and immediately afterward.” I was pained that most of them did not realize that the Nigeria of today had been dragged down well below the Nigeria of the beginning of my Presidency in June 1999. Although at that time, Nigeria was in very bad shape and was tottering on the verge of collapse and breakup. Even then, Nigeria was not faced with the level of pervasive and mind-numbing insecurity, rudderless leadership, mismanagement of diversity, pervasive corruption, bad economic policies resulting in extreme poverty, massive unemployment, and galloping inflation.

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