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- President Muhammadu Buhari has yet again come under criticism from former president Olusegun Obasanjo

- Obasanjo likened President Buhari to Nigeria's former head of state, late General Sani Abacha

- The former president says what is happening under Buhari’s watch can be likened to what Nigeria witnessed under General Sani Abacha in many ways

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has yet again criticised President Muhammadu Buhari, likening the latter to Nigeria's former head of state, late General Sani Abacha.

The former president stated this on Sunday, January 20, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, where he addressed journalists.

Obansanjo said: "What is happening under Buhari’s watch can be likened to what we witnessed under Gen. Sani Abacha in many ways. When Abacha decided that he must install himself as Nigerian President by all means and at all costs, he went for broke and surrounded himself with hatchet men who on his order and in his interest and at high costs to Nigeria and Nigerians maimed, tortured and killed for Abacha. Buhari has started on the same path in mad desperation.

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"From available intelligence, we have heard of how Buhari and his party are going about his own self-succession project. They have started recruiting collation officers who are already awarding results based on their projects to actualise the perpetuation agenda in which the people will not matter and the votes will not count.It is the sole reason he has blatantly refused to sign the revised Electoral Reform Bill into law."

Recall that in 2018 Obasanjo advised President Buhari not to seek re-election, saying the latter should spend one term in office due to his performance.

Obasanjo added: "His henchmen are working round the clock in cahoots with security and election officials to perfect their plan by computing results right from the ward to local government, state and national levels to allot him what will look like a landslide victory irrespective of the true situation for a candidate who might have carried out by proxy presidential debate and campaigns.

"The current plan is to drape the pre-determined results with a toga of credibility. It is also planned that violence of unimaginable proportion will be unleashed in high voting population areas across the country to precipitate re-run elections and where he will be returned duly elected after concentration of security officials as it happened in Osun State.

"We are monitoring them and we call on all democrats across the world to keep an eye on the unfolding anti-democratic agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari. This is the time for preventive measures to be taken otherwise Nigeria may be presented with a fait accompli with impunity and total disregard of all pleas.

"His scheme bears eloquent testimony to this road similar to Abacha whom he has praised to high heavens and as an arch-supporter and beneficiary from Abacha, he has seen nothing wrong done by him.

"It is clear from all indications that Buhari is putting into practice the lessons he learned from Abacha. Buhari has intimidated and harassed the private sector, attacked the National Assembly and now unconstitutionally and recklessly attacked and intimidated the Judiciary to cow them to submission.

"Today, another Abacha Era is here. The security institutions are being misused to fight all critics and opponents of Buhari and to derail our fledgling democracy. EFCC, Police and Code of Conduct Tribunal are also being equally misused to deal with those Buhari sees as enemies for criticising him or as those who may not do his bidding in manipulating election results. Criticism, choice and being different are inherent trade mark of democracy. If democracy is derailed or aborted, anarchy and authoritarianism will automatically follow.

Today, as in the day of Abacha, Nigerians must rise up and do what they did in the time of Abacha. Churches and Mosques prayed. International community stood by us Nigerians. I was a beneficiary and my life was saved. Well-meaning Nigerians took appropriate actions and made sacrifices, some supreme, some less than supreme but God had the final say and He took the ultimate action."

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Legit.ng previously reported that former Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, over the latter’s claim that the president was ignorant of the trial of embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.

Obasanjo stated that if truly the president was unaware of the trial, it is inappropriate and it shows that he is no longer in control of the country.

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