Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said those in the present administration will not only go to jail, they will go to hell if their corrupt acts are exposed.
He also explained why he forgave an ex-Vice-President and Peoples
Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in an
interview with the BBC Yoruba monitored by NigerianEye
Comparing Atiku with President Muhammadu Buhari, Obasanjo said his
former deputy, though not a messiah, was far better than the incumbent
He said, “What I am saying is that where we are today; our present
situation, if you look at those who are there today and our boss
(Buhari), I insist that Atiku will do better than them.
“This is not a prophecy. Those in government today, if we expose them,
all of them will enter hell; they will not only go to jail. They will go
to hell. Whoever that God does not expose his sins to the public is the
person whose secret is kept.”
Obasanjo, however, said he was not privy to the plans of Atiku if he became Nigeria’s next President.
He said, “I did not say he (Atiku) will behave like Jesus. I did not say
he will behave like Prophet Muhammed, but he will do better, in fact
twice better than what we have at present.”
Obasanjo said the President’s performance in the area of the economy was
worse than his assessment of his (Buhari) knowledge of the economy in
The ex-President said Atiku was not an angel but he had atoned for his
sins when he came to him in Abeokuta and sought forgiveness.
He said, “Those who talked about what I said about Atiku, what about
what I said about Buhari? His performance is even worse than what I
“I said Buhari did not know anything about economy. Have you not seen
it? I said he did not know about diplomatic relations, have you not seen
While accusing Buhari of nepotism, Obasanjo said the President gave
priorities to his ethnic group when appointing people into sensitive
Obasanjo added, “Look at what is happening, the person that is leading
us says he cannot appoint any other tribes into the posts he considers
sensitive because he does not trust them. If he cannot trust my tribe
and your tribe what is the benefit? And he still wants my tribe and your
tribe to vote for him. So, he can ask us to vote for him but he cannot
trust us to be appointed into sensitive positions. What is sauce for the
goose is also sauce for the gander.
“If you don’t trust us, how do you want me to trust you? If you trust me
and I misbehave replace me with another person. But if only your
maternal and paternal relatives are the only people you can appoint
because they are the only people you can trust…
“In Nigeria, where we have tribes numbering about 500, you now said you
could not trust some people. That is what we are saying.”
Obasanjo also berated Buhari’s economic policies, saying “Look at our
economy, is it the way it should be? Our economy can never develop if
foreign investors do not come to invest in the economy . But, as it is,
they are not coming into the country and they will never come.”
On the activities of Boko Haram, Obasanjo lamented that the insurgents
were deadlier than they were before the present administration.
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