Buhari described Obasanjo as ‘the only person living or dead that has ruled Nigeria for 11 years’
President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he decided to call on the assistance of erstwhile President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to mediate in the political crisis in Guinea Bissau because of his vast political and military experience, Vanguard reports.
This disclosure was made known in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, December 5, by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
The statement quoted President Buhari as saying that he took the decision because Obasanjo was also strongly committed to the unity of Nigeria and Africa.
The statement also said that Buhari revealed this at an audience with the President of Guinea Bissau, Mr Jose Mario Bavz at the sidelines of the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“I sent President Olusegun Obasanjo because he is the only person living or dead that has ruled Nigeria for 11 years.
“I served under him as a military Head of State. He has a strong commitment to Nigeria and Africa.
“That was why I looked for him and asked him to collaborate with President Macky Sall of Senegal to stabilise the situation of Guinea Bissau,’’ he said.
While appreciating Bavz’s expression of thanks for Nigeria’s support during the crisis in his country, President Buhari told his guest that the “least Nigeria could do is what we did to stabilise your country’’.
President Buhari further assured the people and government of Guinea Bissau,“You can count on our support at all times.’’
President Bavz, who thanked President Buhari for sending former President Obasanjo as a Special Envoy to restore peace to his country, noted that “Nigeria is part of the solution and stability” of his country.