Olusegun Obasanjo, former President has said President Muhammadu Buhari needs to be encouraged by Nigerians to run the affairs of the country. He also said Buhari has not disappointed him.
Obasanjo said this in an interview with Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent on Thursday.
He said the President should be encouraged to do more and given credit for his successes. “President Buhari has not disappointed me. Yes, he is fighting corruption, he is fighting insurgency,” he said.
Obasanjo added that his love for democracy led to his arrest and detention by former head of state, Sani Abacha.
“I spoke for democracy. I said if any military man wants to continue to rule, he should put off his military uniform and contest election and for that, I was put in jail,” he said.
“But when I was in jail because Nigerians and the international community stood for me, I came out of jail. When I was released from jail, the hope I had materialised. I am an optimist. I am always full of hope. I look for the best even in the worst of situation.”
“There are many challenges. How do we feed our population that is supposed to double in about a generation from now? How do we provide jobs for them and employment? Now, these are the challenges. It cannot be business as usual. We cannot sit in the cool and comfort of our past and think that we will be able to bring about change. Change has to come,” he said.