Nigeria needs strong democracy – Obasanjo
The former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has said that his country needed a strong political system to ensure an effective democracy.
On Tuesday the Nigerian statesman told local media that Nigeria cannot progress if there is no strong ruling party and an equally strong opposition political party.
The former Nigerian leader feared that if his country does not create an enabling environment for strong democratic system, the “party in government will get away with impunity and that is not good for democracy”.
“I have said that publicly before and I will say it again; for our democracy to thrive and continue to be strong, we need strong party in government and strong party in the opposition” he added.
He has however rejected moves of going back into partisan politics stating that he cannot go back to the People Democratic Party on whose ticket he won previous elections to become democratically elected President.
Former Obasanjo described going back into partisan politics like going “back to eat his vomits”, according to the PUNCH.
He wants to remain loyal to only Nigeria saying “I have said no partisan politics for me again, but Nigeria is my passion until death do us a part. And anything that concerns Nigeria, the good of Nigeria, you’ll see my involvement.”
The 80 year old former president in August this year called on Nigerians to unite and deal with the current challenges facing the country.
The former president was voted into office in 1999 and won a second term in 2013. He first ruled Nigeria as a military ruler from 1976 to 1979.
There were agitations when he attempted to change his country’s constitution to allow him stand for a third term.