Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, has defined himself as having the audacity to run for a third term in office as president of the country.
On Thursday, Obasanjo made this statement while delivering a speech at a virtual meeting organised by Africa Leadership Group.
He said, “I never asked for a third term. If I wanted a third term, I would have got it. I am audacious enough to know how to get it.”
Obasanjo denied the claims that he desired to serve a third term as president of the country, saying that he did not wish to do so.
Obasanjo recognised that no flawless constitution exists and advocated for the 1999 constitution to be revised.
He stated, “Some people blame the constitution for everything in Nigeria. Of course, our constitution is not perfect, and there is no constitution that is sacrosanct and it can be amended.”
According to Obasanjo, one of the things that should be included in the updated constitution is the distribution of authority more evenly across the country.
In the meantime, the former president has stated that he will not be joining the campaign train of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, stating that he has already done everything he can by writing his endorsement.
You may recall that Obasanjo endorsed Obi for the presidency in his New Year’s address to the people of Nigeria. The subject of the speech was “My appeal to all Nigerians, particularly young Nigerians.”
Obasanjo stated, “I am not in campaign train. I’ve used the benefit of my experience, and I’ve put it.
“I do not belong to any political party. I will not join any campaign train. I’ve said what is best for the country.”
Regarding the characteristics that should be included in an ideal candidate for the presidency of Nigeria, Obasanjo stated, “Nigeria is where we are because of leadership.
“We must decisively look for men and women who have the character, attributes, skill and attitude that we need for leadership, that will deliver in this country.”
However, the former president stated that he did not have any regrets about governing Nigeria.