Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has vowed to continue to criticize President Muhammadu Buhari until he begins to do what he (Obasanjo) want.
“I believe that Africa has no alternative to democracy, good governance and development, growth and progress of our economy. We have none and if that is not happening in any country, those who keep quiet about it are accomplices to the crime.
“You see, in a democracy, you criticize a policy of government because it is not a family affair. Even if it is my brother that is there and he is not doing what I think he should do, he must be criticised. That is what democracy is all about: criticisms; saying the other side.
“So, you might also ask your boss to leave his boss alone or do what is right that his boss wants him to do.” says he will continue to criticize President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Obasanjo spoke today, Tuesday in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State, at a a public lecture, titled ‘Colonialism, Apartheid, Freedom and South Africa Rising’, delivered by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi (MP), President of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in South Africa
The former Nigerian leader, who was obviously responding to the plea by the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, that he (Obasanjo) should reduce his criticism of Buhari, his boss, said that he would not stop as he was also Buhari’s boss.
Oba Gbadebo had said: “You all know that I was an officer under General Buhari so each time Obasanjo criticises my boss, I always stand to say my senior, please leave the President alone! At 82, Baba is still fighting on, please fight less and be a consultant to everybody.”
However, in response, Obasanjo told the traditional ruler to advise Buhari to govern the country right, adding that the onus is on Buhari to prove that he is doing well.
“If I say anybody in government in Nigeria or any government for that matter is not doing well, let that government prove that he is doing well. So, Kabiyesi, your boss, Buhari; there is nothing personal between me and him. Just as he is your boss, I am also his boss with due respect.
“The point is that I have been in that position longer than any Nigerian could ever be there. That is the truth because if any Nigerian comes in now and have two terms, he will not have almost four (4) years of military rule.
“I have been there longer than any Nigerian will ever be there. So, when I say something, I know what I am talking about. So, Kabiyesi, anytime you say ‘leave my boss alone’, I agree, he is your boss, but I am also his boss.”