Former Nigeria’s president Olusegun Obasanjo, has endorsed Nigeria’s former military ruler and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari.

Obasanjo was in Nairobi on Monday to launch his 1,500-page autobiography, “My Watch”, a book that has been banned in Nigeria following libel hearings brought by Mr. Buruji Kashamu.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Obasanjo said, “The circumstances [Buhari] will be working under if he wins the election are different from the one he worked under before, where he was both the executive and the legislature — he knows that. He’s smart enough. He’s educated enough. He’s experienced enough. Why shouldn’t I support him?”

On the crisis the Nigerian Army is currently facing, Obasanjo added, “It’s a question of leadership — political and military. I think you need to ask [Mr Jonathan] how has he let [the army] go to this extent?.?.?.?Many things went wrong: recruitment went wrong; training went wrong; morale went down; motivation not there; corruption was deeply ingrained; welfare was bad.”

In another interview with BBC, Obasanjo, speaking on election postponement said: “I’ll only go by the constitution. By our constitution, there must be a new government on the 29th of May and the constitution lays out how that new government should emerge”.

“There’s no place in our constitution for an interim government,” he added.

Watch the BBC interview below:


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