Buhari weak on economy, foreign relations, says Obasanjo

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Buhari weak on economy, foreign relations, says Obasanjo

Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has again scored President Muhammadu Buhari low on the economy and international relations, saying his prediction in that regard has been proved right.

Obasanjo who spoke on a BBC Television programme HardTalk last Monday said: “I said Buhari is not strong on the economy. It has proved correct. I said that Buhari is not strong on foreign affairs. I have been proved right. I said that Buhari will fight corruption. He is trying to do that. I said that Buhari will fight Boko Haram. There are signs he is doing that…”

Similarly Obasanjo has explained why the war against the Boko Haram insurgency has remained intractable, noting that the country needed to treat the root of the problem and not the symptoms.

Speaking in an interview with BBC in Lagos, Obasanjo noted that former President Goodluck Jonathan did not take the insurgency seriously in the belief that the terror group was a device by the North to bring down his government.

He recalled his visit to Maiduguri in 2011 where he learned about the sect’s grievances, which he took to Jonathan expecting him to address the issues.

“I went out in 2011 to Maiduguri. I took great risk to find out what is really happening about Boko Haram, do they have grievances, if they have grievances, what are their grievances and I brought all that to Jonathan,” Sahara Reporters quoted him to have said.

“Jonathan didn’t believe that Boko Haram was a serious issue. He thought that it was a device by the North to prevent him from continuing as president of Nigeria which was rather unfortunate.”

The former president observed that Boko Haram’s insurgency may not end soon, noting that it stemmed from under development, unemployment, and youth frustration in the North East.

“Boko Haram will not be over; it started from a position of gross under development, unemployment, and youth frustration in the North East. So we must be treating the disease, not the symptom,” Obasanjo submitted.

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