Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, erupted in anger on Sunday, warning that President Muhammadu Buhari was turning Nigeria into another brutal dictatorship, the kind that former military dictator, Sani Abacha unleashed on the country.
The Buhari administration has sent opposition figures to jail and is currently trying the Chief Justice of Nigeria for alleged false assets declaration, just weeks to the presidential election.
Mr Obasanjo made his comments during a press briefing at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
Local media quoted him as describing and comparing President Buhari’s administration to the era of the late former military Head of state, General Sani Abacha .
In a 16 page address which was titled “Points for concern and action” given to journalists, Obasanjo said institutions were being misused by Buhari.
He said Nigeria had become “another Abacha era” where critics were being “selectively” fought and silenced.
He warned that democracy was in danger in Nigeria and called for the excesses of the Buhari administration to be curtailed.
“EFCC, Police, and code of conduct Tribunal are also being equally misused to deal with those Buhari sees as enemies for criticizing him or as those who may not do his bidding in manipulating to election results, ” Obasanjo warned.
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