Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has countered the narrative that there will be violence in the country if Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenges the outcome of the 2019 presidential election.
According to ThisDay news, Obasanjo said those insinuating that challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the presidential election tribunal will result to violence were evil minds engaged in a deceptive tactic calculated to rationalise a plot to unleash turmoil on the country.
The former President stated this in a congratulatory letter to the Osun State PDP governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
He also said “If Buhari could go to court three times to seek justice, even without reasonable cause, any Nigerian who feels denied of justice must feel free to go to court.”
According to him: “Those who have conceived and are promoting the narrative that if Atiku Abubakar continues to seek legal redress, there will be violence, are evil minds looking for an excuse to unleash violence on Nigerians.
“At no time in the history has sustainable peace been built on theft, injustice, corruption and inequity. These merchants of chaos and violence should have no peace in any decent society. And they must know that no intimidation or prophecy of violence and doomsday will cow anybody.
“Nigeria belongs to all Nigerians. We will respect as friends those who believe that what is good for their country should be good for Nigeria. Yes, we are Africans, but we have values that are consistent with international standards.
“Court is part of our democratic process and it must be used when necessary if only to achieve justice, stability, unity and progress for our country.”
The former president also stated, “While I have refrained from commenting on the 2019 elections, because one of the parties has gone to court, may I point out that those who call themselves our development partners and friends and preach, sacrificing justice on the altar of the so-called stability, are enemies of justice, democracy and Nigeria.
“We will continue to sustain Nigeria in stability and unity on the altar of justice, equity, fairness, freedom, human rights and democracy. Stability cannot be successfully built on injustice, corruption, inequity and divided nation and one-sidedness.
“Nigeria will match forward with or without those who will want to feed us with diet of values and actions that are not acceptable in their own countries. Nigeria is of age.”
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