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Politics Updated: April 13, 2024

Opadokun slams Obasanjo's democratic record

By Hadiza Musa Yusuf
April 13, 2024
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Chief Ayo Opadokun, Secretary-General of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), has criticized former president Olusegun Obasanjo for how he affected Nigeria’s move towards democracy.

He made the criticism in an interview on Channels TV's "Inside Sources," with Laolu Akande on Friday.

He accused Obasanjo of perpetuating anti-democratic actions during his tenure. 

He lamented that most of Obasanjo's actions were anti-democratic, including the directive to shoot innocent people.

"Because we succeeded in pushing the military to the barracks, they went on their own terms and imposed upon us their former commander in chief in the person of General Obasanjo who ruined Nigeria. 

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"Give me just one thing that Obasanjo did to promote democracy, democratization and democratic features in the country,” he said. 

Opadokun also blamed Obasanjo for the proliferation of Sharia law in northern Nigeria.

He criticized Obasanjo's handling of the situation, which resulted in the adoption of Sharia law by twelve states in the north.

"When the man in Zamfara started the Sharia, we told President Obasanjo that the Nigerian law ought not to permit another constitution.

"Twelve states in the north took after him . What is the resultant consequence today? We have two laws in some parts of the country, and they could get away with anything.

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"In fact, the so-called Sharia police could go ahead to destroy the bottles of beer by some people in their different states. And yet the value-added tax that is collected from taking beer, they are very eager to share part of the VAT unashamedly. I have never seen a thing like that," Opadokun added.

Opadokun also criticized Obasanjo's choice of successor, accusing him of seeking to govern Nigeria by remote control. 

"When Obasanjo was going to leave, rather than let democracy thrive, he looked for someone whom he knew was medically challenged.

"The man he went to bring at the pain of death called President Jonathan took over, and because he also would not listen to him, he went on the offensive with him. The next person to govern was another commander-in-chief of the Army called General Buhari.

People like me, according to the activist, are not deceived at all by our democracy.

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