It may, henceforth, be mix bag of activities, a weighty and tempestuous task for President Buhari’s government and its advisers to promote and endear Nigerians to policies and achievements of his government, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a13-page special statement, Tuesday, described as “akin to what and where we were in at the beginning of this democratic dispensation in 1999”.

Nigeria’s Presidency, Wednesday, in Abuja, launched a weekly television and radio programme aimed at promoting policies and programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, according to a statement by Abiola Olusola, Deputy Director, Media, in the office of the Vice President.  The programme would be aired on selected television and radio stations across the country.

Obasanjo, by this description, alludes to the situation in Nigeria today, as equivalent to the situation in the country, late General Sani Abacha’s regime left behind.  Obasanjo words:  “I believe the situation we are in today is akin to what and we were in at the beginning of this democratic dispensation in 1999.  The nation was tottering.  People became hopeless and saw no bright future in the horizon.  It was all a dark cloud politically, economically and socially”.

OBASANJO [Left] And BUHARI [Right] — Has the romance ended?

Obasanjo said:  “Most people were confused with lack of direction in the country.  One of the factors that saved the situation was a near government of national unity that was put in place to navigate us through the dark cloud.  We had almost all hands on deck.  We used people at home and from the Diaspora and we navigated through the dark cloud of those days”.

The presidency said the programme is aimed at promoting the giant strides of President Buhari government and the positive impact the government had made in the lives of many Nigerians.  The public are advised to watch out for the programme.

Tuesday’s special statement by Obasanjo titled: “The Way Out – A Clarion Call For Coalition For Nigeria Movement”, called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.   He said Buhari has performed far below expectation and should honourably “dismount from the horse”.