resident Olusegun Obasanjo has again landed a body blow on President Goodluck Jonathan, accusing his administration of endangering the country’s democracy.
Speaking at the launch of a book in honour of the first chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, Justice Mustapha Akanbi, in Abuja, Obasanjo said Jonathan should start discouraging ‘verbal violence which may not physically hurt but has ways of degenerating into physical violence’.
“Management of democracy without resorting to brute force and dictatorial tendencies must be cultivated.”
“As a leader, you must not deliberately do evil or condone evil. You should know that you will one day give account to God, you may cover up here, but before God, there is no cover up,” Obasanjo said.
The former president who also spoke on Jonathan’s handling of the security situation, corruption, the economy and youth unemployment, said Boko Haram is not out to “frustrate anyone’s political efforts” and lamented that it took Jonathan three years to fully understand the menace.
On corruption, Obasanjo said, “when the head is rotten, the whole body is useless” and said Nigeria would continue to sink deeper and that what Nigerians are told about the state of the economy “is not truly what the economy is”. “The economy is in doldrums, if not in reverse,” he said.
This is Obasanjo’s second attack in a space of one week, following the dim view of the president he offered at the Ake Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta.
The presidency responded on Sunday, slamming Obasanjo and describing his rating as untrue and misleading.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, said Obasanjo’s rating was at variance “with the facts on the ground”.
Okupe said President Jonathan had performed so well that “in terms of performance and achievements, no administration since 1960 when Nigeria gained independence from Britain, has done as much as that of President Jonathan”.