Nigeria: 2023 – Only unpatriotic Nigerians will vote for candidates with bad characters – Obasanjo
The former president said so just 18 days after he backed Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said only unpatriotic Nigerians would vote for candidates of bad character.
The former president said so on Thursday, 18 days after he backed Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi for the February 25 election.
The former president had, on January 1, supported Mr. Obi, saying that he was the best candidate for certain reasons he had given.
Mr. Obasanjo gave his final advice during an interactive session of Experiential Leadership in Africa (TEL-Africa), in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State,
The session was organized by TEL-AFRICA global on the theme “Executive Decisions, Indecisions and Leadership Development in Africa”.
Reacting to criticism over his endorsement of Mr Obi, the former president said he did not use the word “endorsed”, but only gave his opinion on the candidates.
His words: “Whether the letter is opened or not, what I believe is that I will be punished by God if I know what is right and have not put it where it should be.
“The word I used was a particular candidate has an edge, taking it all together and I take character, I take background, I take vision and I take what you see in that man as as a child of God.
“I said they all claim to be my mentees and of course I won’t deny that. But if you’re my mentee they also have to admit that I know them a bit and if I know them a bit then I have to be right to say…
“I don’t know why people are…I’ve done this before for President Buhari. I said President Buhari doesn’t really understand economics and it’s true and you saw it I wasn’t knocking him down, that’s what he is and he’ll admit it himself.
“I said that his understanding (of Buhari) of foreign affairs is also very low because when he was military head of state he said his front line did not go beyond the borders of Nigeria, it is a pity .”
While defending his use of language in said New Year’s message, Mr Obasanjo asked, “Why should you as a Nigerian vote for someone whose character you don’t want your own children to have? reputation, life?
“It’s either you’re mean or you’re unpatriotic or you’re a really, really bad citizen of this country. And then if that’s who you are, what do you want God to do with you and that’s as I see it.
“Over the past three days I’ve had around 35 young people I’ve been talking to and they’ve all told me that education, security and corruption are what’s on their minds, so the question is who can do that?”