A former President, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged Nigerians to appreciate President Muhammad Buhari for the little he has done in the last three years and eight months and allow him to go home peacefully.

Dr. Obasanjo was speaking on Sunday at his Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, in his State of the Nation address which he tagged “Points for Concern and Action”.

He decided to address the nation following recent developments in the polity, including the trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, over an alleged false declaration of assets.

Former President Obasanjo said Nigerians should also summon the courage to tell themselves the country deserved better at this critical time than what Buhari was capable of offering.

He also declared that the nation “needs a man with better physical and mental soundness, with an active mind and intellect” to pilot its affairs.

The former President noted that Nigeria was back to the Sanni Abacha era when state institutions were used to fight perceived enemies of the Head of State.

"As In The Day Of Abacha" 

Abacha, a General, was the military head of state from November 1993 till his death in June 1998 and was accused of using dictatorial powers to rule the country.

Obasanjo said: “Today, another Abacha Era is here. The security institutions are being misused to fight all critics and opponents of Buhari and to derail our fledgling democracy.

“EFCC, Police and Code of Conduct Tribunal are also being equally misused to deal with those Buhari sees as enemies for criticising him or as those who may not do his bidding in manipulating election results.

"Criticism, choice and being different are inherent trade mark of democracy.

"If democracy is derailed or aborted, anarchy and authoritarianism will automatically follow.

“Today, as in the day of Abacha, Nigerians must rise up and do what they did in the time of Abacha. Churches and Mosques prayed. International community stood by us Nigerians.

"I was a beneficiary and my life was saved. Well-meaning Nigerians took appropriate actions and made sacrifices, some supreme, some less than supreme but God had the final say and He took the ultimate action".

President Buhari is yet to react to Obasanjo’s latest outburst.

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