Ex-Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday said countries across the African continent have expressed their joy over the over the outcome of the presidential election in Nigeria, which saw Gen. Muhammadu Buhari defeat incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.
The retired General who referred to President Goodluck as a moving train who was providentially stopped from collapsing Nigeria. He said; “I have visited six countries since the election, they are as happy about the results as we are in Nigeria. It is good not only for Nigeria, it is good for Africa and I believe it is good for the world.”
Leading the African Union Observation Mission to the April 2015 General Election in Sudan, the ex-president spoke on Thursday at a Washington DC event. He said the country came close to disintegration in the run-up to the 2015 elections but switched swiftly to the path of redemption after the polls.
Obasanjo, who described his role in the just concluded election as someone who stood on the track of a moving train and faced options of “jumping off” the tracks or “be crushed” if the train did not providentially get “derailed and stop.” The former president also said the result was deserving though, a few Nigerians did not accept the result.
Ex-President Obasanjo, described the 2015 election as “almost in the same category” as other near-death experiences in Nigeria’s history. He said one month to the election, no one believed “we will have a peaceful election that is reasonably free and fair.”
“I think we are now building institutions that can withstand what we may see as danger to good governance in Africa. The election has moved Nigeria one very important step up in our democratic dispensation, process and practice.”