Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday said that he would not stop criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari until he improves.
Obasanjo who spoke at his 82nd birthday lecture held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said that he is well qualified to criticize any government policy and leader found wanting in the discharge of his duties.
The Alake of Egbaland, Adedotun Gbadebo, had earlier urged the former president to stop criticizing President Buhari.
“You all know that I was an officer under General Buhari, so each time Obasanjo criticises my boss, I always stand to say, my senior (OBJ), please leave the president alone! At 82, Baba is still fighting on, please fight less and be a consultant to everybody,” Gbadebo said.
Obasanjo in his response however noted that he has nothing personal against Buhari, adding that “in democracy there is always room to criticise a policy, government or a leader if (they are) not doing well”.
“In a democracy, you criticise a policy, a government or a leader. Democracy is not a family affair, even if it’s my brother that is there, and he is not doing what I believe he should do, he must be criticised that is what democracy is all about, criticism,” he said.
He further said that he is the longest serving Nigerian leader and has therefore seen it all.
“So when I say something, I know what I am saying. So if I say anybody in government in Nigeria is not doing well, let that government prove that it is doing well.”
“It’s not anything personal, so Kabiesi (king), your boss Buhari, there is nothing personal between him and me. Just as you say, he is your boss. I am his boss with all due respect. Now the point is that I have been in that position longer than any Nigerian will ever be there.
“So when I say something, I know what I am saying. Kabiesi, any time you say, leave my boss alone, I say he is your boss, but I am also his boss so you can also ask your boss to leave his boss alone and do the right thing,” Obasanjo said.