Nigerians need to start considering politics as an element of unity rather than being an agent of division.
The son of a former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo who is also the National President of Buhari Youth Organisation (BYO) Olujonwo Obasanjo stated this during an interactive session with journalists at the National Secretariat of Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC in Abuja.
He stated it in a reaction to how his support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term ambition has affected his relationship with his father.
It would be recalled that his father, the former President Obasanjo had publicly expressed support for the aspiration of President Buhari’s major opponent and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
Mr Obasanjo said his current political view might be different from that of his father but that does not mean he is disrespecting his father or that it affects their father and son relationship.
He said he was supporting President Buhari because he believed in the president’s ability.
I am an adult and as individual, I am here as someone who believe in this Government. This Government is diversifying the economy from an oil based economy and has made agriculture fashionable. Today, people talk about farming and no longer look at it in a degrading manner. People now look at the value chain when you talk about farming. For me, it is all about the impact that this government has made
When we get to certain point in our life, you are responsible for the decisions you take. With all due respect, my father is my father and will remain my father despite our political differences. At the end of the day, this election will end. Does that stop him being my father? Are you saying we cannot sit down and have dinner together and discuss issues?
As a nation, we need to progress mentally and quit looking at politics as a do or die or as something that separates us. Politics is meant to unit us. We can disagree to agree; we can have genuine argument. You see things from my point of view, I see things from your point of view and we see how we can work together. That is the type of politics we are trying to promote and the message we are trying to send across, he said.
When asked on what he would be telling Nigerians who would want him to compare the Buhari government and that of his father, he said the comparison would be unfair because what each leader met on ground were different and that they came in under different circumstances.
Source: Voice of Nigeria