Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday declared that he would not make any comment concerning the presidential election until after the poll, saying: “I reserve my comments regarding the February general election until a winner emerges.”
Obasanjo who spoke at his Presidential Library, Abeokuta, while receiving royal fathers from Egba traditional council, said he had made enough comments regarding the elections, saying: “If anybody is still looking to him for comment, the person probably has not been around for some time now.”
The former president also made the same comment in Kano shortly after he inaugurated the newly-built flyover named after him at Ibrahim Taiwo Road. The structure was constructed by the Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso administration.
Obasanjo said for some personal reasons, he opted to remain mute until the election results have been released.
During the visit of the traditional rulers, he said Nigeria is so blessed in both human and material resources that it takes right people and political will to turn things around.
The former president lamented a situation where teachers and civil servants are being owed salaries for up to six months, specifically citing the example of Benue State.
Obasanjo said God is kind to Nigeria and quoted Shakespeare, “The fault is not in our stars but in ourselves (that we are underlings.)”
He added: “I have spoken enough. Our efforts start February 14. We should go and vote that day and vote right. I will talk after the election.”
Obasanjo has recently made statements that are hurtful to the re-election ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Meanwhile, at the Kano event, Obasanjo recalled his past experience saying, “My spending of three and a half years in prison. Being former head of state and coming to be elected as president is also part of education and experience that stood me up.”
He said: “You must prepare for anything before taking it because life is full of experience. I learn so many things in life, which is part of experience and education.”
The former president also commended the effort of the state governor, Mr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, for his performance in office, pointing out that the governor’s experience is very instructive.
Obasanjo said he hoped that the governor will attain the highest position in life, stressing “you have a brighter future and my hope and prayer is for you to excel because of your experience and zeal.