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Obasanjo Challenged To Public Debate Over Buhari




A media consultant, Malam Mohammed Garba, on Thursday, challenged former President Olusegun Obasanjo to a televised debate over demand for President Muhammadu Buhari not to contest the 2019 presidential election.

Garba, the Chief Executive Officer of Right Contact Services Nigerian Ltd., said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna, that the demand contained in a letter to the president by Obasanjo negates all democratic tenets.

According to him, no Nigerian, no matter how highly placed, has the constitutional right to deny any qualified citizen the right to run in an election.

He challenged the former president to provide “cogent reasons enshrined in the Constitution that could stop a sitting president or anybody from contesting an election in Nigeria.”

Garba said he would sponsor the debate in any media that Obasanjo chooses, “so that Nigerians can ask him what he is really up to.

“It is possible he is being instigated by foreign powers or local selfish politicians who hate to see Nigeria progressing.

“I am of the opinion that Obasanjo is being used to usher certain individuals into the presidency in 2019 to facilitate the exploitation of the country’s wealth.

“I Mohammed Garba, a media expert is, therefore, challenging former President Olusagun Obasanjo to a debate on all the things he has said about President Buhari.

“If his action is for the good of the public let him explain and provide us an alternative more credible candidate for 2019.”

Garba stressed that as an elder statesman, what was expected of Obasanjo was to support Buhari to do better and not judge and condemn him.

According to him, President Buhari, inherited a problematic polity destroyed by previous administrations that he Obasanjo was a contributor.

“As far as most Nigerians are concerned, Buhari is doing a great job, considering the bastardised economy and failing Nigerian security apparatus that he inherited.

“Today the economy is picking up, he has revamped the image of Nigeria in the international community and for the first time in the history of Nigeria, electricity generation has hit 7,000 megawatts.

“If we recall, the Obasanjo administration had squandered about N6 trillion to generate electricity, with nothing to show for it.”

He emphasised that Obasanjo’s assessment of Buhari performance was completely erroneous.

Garba also faulted the former president for ignoring under-performing Governors, and the National Assembly that had consistently failed to pass national budgets on time.



  1. Ekene Udensi

    February 1, 2018 at 1:58 pm


  2. Onyemaechi Tony

    February 1, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Mallam Garba, What has Buhari & his FULANI Cabals achieved? Buhari administration is the worst corrupt govt ever known in history, forget the bought award from AU, Killings is the talk of the day by Fulani herdsmen terrorist group, Insecurity is not to mentioned, The state of Nigeria is at Zero… If u greedy fellows has a shame ask buhari to stay back. Rather than cow colony & cow grazing bills, What has Buhari & his APC govt achieved? Mallam Garba, mention only but a little achievement by buhari.

  3. Okeychukwu Ezike

    February 1, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    OBJ please don’t mind idiots useless animals. People that no even know left and right

  4. Ernest Jombo

    February 1, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Hmmm Nigerians so it’s now that people are trying to challenge OBJ on debate over PMB, but u people refused PMB on debate prior to 2015 General elections. Whatsoever system that brought one president in power will likely usher in another one

  5. Eze Done

    February 1, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Nobody need buhari for this country to move forward, buhari is old, he need to go to UK for brain transplant and blood transplant, because another four years of buhari all Northerners will be experiencing large numbers of death body, today in Nigeria Northerners are everywhere begging money for food both men, women and there children, but some of them with dead body like Muhammad Nazifi Ibrahim are still supporting his dead president. nonsense

  6. Idoko Jude

    February 1, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Shithole debate

  7. Kayode Masha

    February 1, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Everyone telling Buhari not to contest 2019. Obasanjos letter came tooo late and has no implications or waver on the current status of Buhari.
    Obasanjo certainly saw something unusual on Buhari face and like deeper inquiry. In on other world Obasanjo sat down in conjunctions with other people to contruct the letter.

  8. Steve Chigozie

    February 1, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Why did Buhari boycott his debate with Jonathan in 2015?, all this na joke

  9. Chukwudi Okoye

    February 1, 2018 at 11:01 am

    May God punish those playing pollitics wt human life and right in nigeria> you pple have already destroy nigeria and nothing remain.

  10. Steve Chigozie

    February 1, 2018 at 10:58 am

    All these are to divert our attentions and keep Nigerians busy with their drama.

  11. Nnamdi Okoye

    February 1, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I don happen now PhD holder and lost weac certificate holder in public debate how de go do am.

  12. Chuks Nwafor

    February 1, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Obj is in the right position to tell buhari not to contest again. 100% right

  13. Muhammad Nazifi Ibrahim

    February 1, 2018 at 10:31 am

    We’re not scared of him.
    We’re absolutely ready for any debate frm him ,his coalition members.

  14. Muhammad Nazifi Ibrahim

    February 1, 2018 at 10:28 am

    What did he achieve in his useless 8yrs?

    • Davids Mactony

      February 1, 2018 at 10:40 am

      He achieved alot. considering the fact that he took over from a collapse military govt.maybe you have forgotten too fast that his govt via prof soludo that gave Nigerians bank that can be trusted. Efcc during his govt via ribadu was fantastic. Or have you forgotten the writing off of Nigeria debt by the world Bank? It was also under him that nafdac via prof Dora did a nice job to eradicate fake and adulterated drug from Nigeria

    • Andybest Bush

      February 1, 2018 at 10:51 am

      He achived many tins rught from when he was Military head of state you not compare him with Buhari ok, just shout up your mouth

  15. Muhammad Nazifi Ibrahim

    February 1, 2018 at 10:26 am

    The old has finally gone insane

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