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Presidency replies Obasanjo, says his assessment of Buhari not new

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Presidency on Monday night said the administration of President Muhammad Buhari would not join issues with former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his comments on Buhari administration.

Recall that Mr Obasanjo had on Monday while addressing a group of youths who visited him at his country home Abeokuta described the Buhari administration as a failure.

The former president is known for his 13-page statement, which DAILY NIGERIAN reported as Mr Obasanjo criticised Buhari’s performance and concluded that Buhari should not seek re-election in 2019, which, however, attracted mixed reaction across the country.

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Yet again, Mr Obasanjo also asked the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government to stop complaining about the challenges it met on the ground.

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“What we have now is failure. Never you reinforce failure, let failure be failure… Those of you who are in business, your business could have been better today if we have a competent and effective and performing government,” Mr Obasanjo said.

However, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who responded to Mr Obasanjo’s comments in a telephone interview on Channels Television on Monday, said the assessment was not new.

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“Already, the statement issued few months ago by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, in response to the earlier criticism made against the government by Obasanjo had adequately addressed the issues raised’’.

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He maintained that the APC-led Federal Government would keep making reference to the failures of the past administration with a view to guiding against such mistakes in future.

According to Mr Adesina, the Buhari administration has successfully tackled mismanagement of the nation’s economy, as Nigeria now has more savings in its foreign reserve than ever before.



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