Jonathan: How Obama humiliated me in 2015 *Says, ex-POTUS supported Buhari to defeat me

By Editor on 20/11/2018

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For the first time, former President Goodluck Jonathan, has given credence to the wild believe that the US, particularly then President Barak Obama, played more than a passing role in the presidential election of 2015 that ousted him from power.

In his book, My Transition Hours, which was presented to the public on Tuesday, the former President, corroborated the account that Obama sided with the All Progressives Congress (APC), then General Muhammadu Buhari, to win the election.

Describing the attitude of the former POTUS and his country as humiliating, Jonathan, narrated in the book, how Obama dispatched his former Secretary of State, John Kerry to mount pressure on Nigeria, despite its sovereignty during the conduct of the election.

Not satisfied with just that, Obama, himself, had to make a broadcast in which he clearly solicited support for Buhari, though he tried to code his language.

Part of the account, read: “I can recall that President Obama sent his Secretary of State to Nigeria, a sovereign nationto protest the rescheduling of the election. John Kerry arrived in Nigeria on Sunday January 25, 2015 and said ‘it’s imperative that these elections happen on time as scheduled’.

“How can the US Secretary of State know what is more important for Nigeria than Nigeria’s own government? How could they have expected us to conduct elections when Boko Haram controlled part of the North East and were killing and maiming Nigerians? Not even the assurance of the sanctity of the May 29, 2015 handover date could calm them down. In Nigeria, the constitution is very clear. No President can extend his tenure by one day.

“On March 23, 2015, President Obama himself took the unusual step of releasing a video message directly to Nigerians all but telling them how to vote. In that video, Obama urged Nigerians to open the ‘next chapter’ by their votes. Those who understood subliminal language deciphered that he was prodding the electorate to vote for the opposition to form a new government. The message was so condescending, it was as if Nigerians did not know what to do and needed an Obama to direct them.

“In his message, he said ‘all Nigerians must be able to cast their votes without intimidation or fear,’ yet his government was vehemently and publicly against the postponement of the elections to enable our military defeat Boko Haram and prevent them from intimidating voters. This was the height of hypocrisy!”

Jonathan said the foreign pressure on the issue of election rescheduling was intense, suggesting that “the curious posture” was of one who had been “deceived before and therefore had every reason to cede no credence to our position. But there was no reason to have such a posture”.

He revealed that David Cameron, then the UK prime minister, called to express his concern about the election rescheduling, “just as John Kerry came from the United States to express further worry… In fact, John Kerry did not accept our reasons for the rescheduling.

“It was unbelievable because we knew why the agitation was beyond what meets the eyes. There were deeper political interests.

“In attendance at the meeting of the Council of State where the decision to reschedule the election was taken were almost all the living former Heads of State of this country. That should have convinced John Kerry of the good intentions of the government. He cannot claim to love and defend Nigeria more than all our former heads of state present at the meeting. I have stated earlier how Kerry’s visit was designed to humiliate a sitting Nigerian president and clearly take sides in the country’s election.”

 

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on November, 20 2018

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