- Tony Momoh has said that President Muhammadu Buhari what Buhari achieved in three years surpassed what Obasanjo achieved in his eight-year in office
- He also claimed that no president in Nigeria since 1999 has performed as Buhari has done
- According to him, if Buhari was not elected president, Boko Haram would have overrun Abuja
A former minister of information and culture during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, Tony Momoh, has claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari's three years in office achieved more than what ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo achieved in eight years.
NAIJ.com notes that Momoh, who was the chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), made the statement in an interview he granted Independent, in which he also said that no president in Nigeria since 1999 has performed as Buhari has done.
He said: "From 1999 to 2003, there were parallel presidency, Obasanjo and Atiku. Obasanjo spent one year travelling out of his first four years. He left governance to Atiku to such an extent that Atiku was calling the shots. I was working for Ekwueme and we were discussing with Atiku to run with Ekwueme.
"Unfortunately, Obasanjo went to meet Atiku, I don’t know what agreement they reached but the fact is that Atiku changed his mind. When Obasanjo and Atiku won the 2003 election, people from Adamawa sent a delegation to Obasanjo asking him to support Atiku for 2007. I was writing my column that time in Democracy Watch and I predicted that the first casualty of Obasanjo’s return in 2003 will be Atiku.
"Between 2003 and 2007, Obasanjo spent the most time trying to dislocate Atiku. In 2005, because the soul of PDP was PDM, Atiku’s party on whose platform Obasanjo got to power, the then PDP chairman, Ahmadu Ali announced that PDP had sacked everybody and they should go and re-register but the instruction was PDM members, Atiku’s people should not be registered and so they deregistered PDM. Atiku and Obasanjo were so much at loggerheads that Atiku as Vice – President had no work to do and he was funding his office with his own money.
"Obasanjo even wanted to remove him as his deputy but the courts refused. So in Obasanjo’s eight years, he spent the first three years trying to find his feet, he then spent the last year settling down. However, the next four years that he would have sat down to do his work, he was busy using it to destablise Atiku and therefore destabilising the polity. After the eight years has gone, he now wanted Third Term which Nigerians kicked against. Obasanjo’s coming from 1999 to 2007 was a time that he would have really built Nigeria just like Rwanda and other countries did but those eight years were the greatest disaster in our democracy project."
The former minister, whose support for President Buhari is unflinching, said that if Buhari was not elected president, Boko Haram would have overrun Abuja.
He added: "That is the clearest danger that was prevented by Buhari’s coming. Whatever people say about whether Boko Haram has been degraded or not, the fact is, in the northeast today, Boko Haram is not holding any territory."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported All Progressive Congress chieftain and former minister of information and culture, Prince Tony Momoh expressed optimism that the southeast would vote for President Buhari again in 2019.
Momoh said that Buhari had fulfilled most of the desires of the people of South East Nigeria and that this would garner support for him.
Another reason the former minister gave was that most political leaders in South East had defected from their parties to APC, adding that this would ensure loyalty for the president.
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