Former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has condemned rumours circulating that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration plans to hand over to the military if he is defeated in Saturday’s presidential elections.
Obasanjo commented on the matter while hosting the South West women of the APC led by Aisha Buhari, Vanguard reports.
“I do hope we will get things more right. A lot of rumours are flying around, I think we have done away from the rumour of Interim Government because that is not in our constitution. I hope we will soon go away from the rumour of handing over to the military because the military is not meant to run affairs of a nation in terms of running government.
And the international community will not condone it, particularly African Union where it is part and parcel of the constituting act of the African Union, that any government that is brought about, not on the basis of the constitution will not be accepted, will not be tolerated and will not be a member of the AU until that government is dismantled.
It shouldn’t be Nigeria, we are the largest country in Africa, we should be a model, setting examples, we shouldn’t be drawing Africa backward, I hope we will not. I hope at the end of this exercise, we would be where we should be, leading Africa and showing examples for the rest of Africa and indeed the rest of the world.
We have the goodwill of many people, I watched, last night, President Obama talking about our constitution, I watched our brother from Ghana, the current Chairman of ECOWAS talked about our constitution, they are all interested, they all wish us well, should we wish ourselves anything less?,” he said.
In his address, Obasanjo also decried hate campaigns among political parties, and urged that parties should focus more on what would unite the country instead of what would divide it.