Obasanjo, Jonathan Failed Nigerians During Their Tenure, Says Civil Society

  • CNM calls for audit of Nigeria’s expenditure from 1999 till date.
  • Lauds Buhari for immortalizing MKO Abiola.

A civil society organisation, Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) has stated that former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan failed the nation when they held sway.

Jonathan and Obasanjo, who were presidents between 1999 and 2015 were accused of milking the nation’s treasury dry during their tenures.

According to Sabo Odeh, the national convener of the group, under the governments of Obasanjo and Jonathan, Nigerians were almost misled to believe that democracy is synonymous with corruption.

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Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Sabo advised the federal government to conduct a comprehensive audit of government funds by probing national finances from 1999 – 2015 so as to bring the ex-leaders to book.

While congratulating Nigerians for 20 years of uninterrupted democracy, Agbo said it is a feat worth celebrating due to the history of Nigeria’s truncated democracy and aborted republics.

“Our successfully keeping at democracy for upwards of two decades is a feat that is worth celebrating, which the country has rightly celebrated.

“Thankfully, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has woken up to the realization that we must as a people go beyond merely celebrating our achievement. He has taken steps to stamp the significance of our commitment to democracy by institutionalizing the day in our consciousness by documenting June 12 as Democracy Day, in recognition of the importance of the election of June 12, 1993 to where we are today.”

He pointed that President Buhari has further broken away from the denial syndrome of his predecessors, who refused to recognize and honour the heroic role of late Chief MKO Abiola, the adjudged winner of the June 12 election, as the catalyst of what the country enjoys today.

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“Mr. President’s choice of actions has placed Abiola on the list of Nigeria’s past presidents as of today, which is something that will encourage even more patriots to be willing to lay down their lives to defend democracy.

“These developments that have elated Nigerians cross-class, ethnic, religious and political divides. It is, however, alarming that there is a pocket of evil people that are saddened by the very fact that Nigeria’s democracy have survived their repeated assault on it, which has made their intentions to abort two decades of continued democracy to fail serially. “

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