Obasanjo denies installing weak successors


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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has debunked allegations that he installed weak successors.

Obasanjo, who was first elected as President in 1999, completed his constitutionally-permitted two terms in 2007.

He was succeeded by Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who died in May 2010 after a protracted illness.

Yar’Adua was replaced by then-Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, who has been described as “weak” in many quarters.

However, it has been said for years that Obasanjo installed the “weak” duo to “cover his tracks”.

The former president was asked to react to the insinuations on Sunday during a virtual interview with academic and historian, Toyin Falola.

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A furious Obasanjo described the insinuation as negative criticism, saying he has since learnt to ignore such.

The octogenarian said it was “absolutely nonsense, total nonsense” that anyone would think that he installed weak successors to weaken the nation’s democracy.

“How should somebody in the like of me deliberately do something to weaken the country that I fought for? The country of my birth, the country that I want to be great?” Obasanjo queried.

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He insisted that he never had any premonition that Yar’Adua would die in office.


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