“I am not sure that when I see the list of advisers that President Obasanjo is one of the advisers,”.

This is a simple way a former Governor of Edo State, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, responded to when reporters demanded for his opinion on a letter by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari.

A lot has not been heard from him since he left office as the governor of Edo State last year, but on Friday, Mr Oshiomhole visited President Buhari.

Obasanjo had asked the President to jettison plans to run for a second term in office, but Mr Oshiomhole feels different about that advice. 

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He criticised the former president for the advice that he gave to Buhari, insisting that it was not binding on Buhari to heed.

“I am not sure that when I see the list of advisers that President Obasanjo is one of the advisers.

“I also recall with respect that the day President Obasanjo was swearing-in some of his advisers when he was President he did say that anybody who is his adviser can advise him, he will make his own decisions.

“And I think that principle stands," he added.

On the increasing poverty level in Nigeria, Oshiomhole attributed it to years of corruption noting that the challenge was how to ensure that the Nigerian economy worked for the betterment of majority of the people particularly the forgotten rural majority.

Oshiomhole hailed the social intervention scheme of the administration as well as its desire to halt the negative economic drift.

The former Edo State governor said he was at the Presidential Villa to wish President Buhari a Happy New Year.

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He expressed support for the President’s second term bid.

Oshiomhole believes that every Nigerian wanted the administration to sustain some of the renewed vigour to deal with one of the most challenging problems Nigeria has faced which was corruption.

“You cannot but appreciate the president and all that has been done under his leadership these past two years and some months,’’ he added.

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