Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is a courageous patriot and statesman who tells the truth to power when he is convinced leaders are going wrong, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate retired General Muhammadu Buhari has said.
In a statement on the occasion of Obasanjo’s birthday, Buhari said the former president is a nationalist whose commitment to democracy and good governance are worthy of recognition and praise.
The APC presidential candidate acknowledged that, although Obasanjo is widely perceived as controversial, he said such perception should not overshadow his patriotism and remarkable courage to speak up when things go wrong in the county.
“Obasanjo is a true statesman and nationalist who doesn’t abandon his country when it needs his voice to jolt the conscience of leaders to listen to those they govern,” Buhari said.
Buhari said statesmen are the voices and conscience of their countries, adding that Obasanjo has not disappointed him in this regard.
Buhari said General Obasanjo is one of the most de-tribalised and broadminded leaders he has ever known, and that Obasanjo’s name would be cast in stone as one of those Nigerian leaders that served their country with passion.