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Buhari Is Not Strong On Economy – Obasanjo

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday night said that President Muhammadu Buhari is not strong on the economy.


He said this in an interview on BBC TV program “Hard Talk”, adding that Buhari’s weakness on economy had proven him right once again about the capacity of the current administration to deliver.


He also said that Buhari is not strong on foreign affairs, which according to him had been proven right over time.


However, Obasanjo gave kudos to Buhari over his fight against corruption and insecurity, mostly the battle against terrorism.


“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,” Obasanjo said.


Obasanjo said that the successive administrations after him had the institutions in place to stem corruption, adding that his government was able to set up the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences, ICPC to do so.


Meanwhile the former president said that Boko Haram insurgence might not be eradicated unless the government is able to address the problem of unemployment, underdevelopment and youths frustration in the Northeast Nigeria.


He blamed the strength of Boko Haram on the failure of the past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to nip it in the bud at the beginning.


“I called the attention of Jonathan to the emergence of Boko Haram in 2011. I risked my life to Borno to see why Boko Haram had emanated and what the people really wanted. I came back to tell President Jonathan but he never believed the insurgence was real.


It’s quite unfortunate because Jonathan thought, Boko Haram was the antics of the north to torpedo his government,” Obasanjo said.

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