Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has been in the news recently for his comments on Boko Haram but aside the presidency which labelled him ‘confused’ and ‘unstable,’ the Congress for Progressive Change has labelled him “the architect of the travails of the Nigerian State since 1979.”
The National Publicity Secretary of CPC, Rotimi Fashakin, while reacting to the controversy generated by the ex-president’s comments on the Islamic sect, questioned Obasanjo’s choice of successors.
He said, “As Nigerians, we need to ask ourselves the leadership content of Gen. Obasanjo’s attributes that keep defying the law of succession as a fundamental imperative in Leadership. A good leader is measured by the quality of his successor!
“In 1979, Gen. Obasanjo handed over power under disputable circumstances, to a civilian regime that proved to be a case study in administrative ineptitude. Little wonder, in about four years of its life, the corrective military regime that toppled it, listed a litany of woes besetting the nation under the perfunctory watch of the regime.
“In like manner, Gen. Obasanjo handed over power, in 2007, to a sickly president that brought the socio-political milieu of the nation to a sickly state! The regime so born has now given birth to an irredeemably sick offspring. It is the Nigerian state that is worse off because her political and economic health is in shambolic state.
“This brings us to some pertinent questions:
• is it a deliberate personal policy by Gen. Obasanjo not to ensure a credible successor to himself?
• would this suggest that there is a desire in him for the people to always make his regime a reference point vis-à-vis the succeeding regimes?
• Would this not suggest a selfish desire not to care if Nigeria’s dream is imperilled so long there is a noxious messianic imagery of himself?
• Is Gen. Obasanjo not the architect of the travails of the Nigerian State since 1979?