Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has released his book, ‘My Transition Hours’, in which he accused ex-President Barack Obama of U.S of pushing for his defeat in the 2015 Presidential election.
President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated Jonathan of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which had been in power for 16 years.
Unveiling the book at his 61st birthday on Tuesday in Abuja, Jonathan said Obama took unusual step by “prodding the electorate to vote for the opposition” in the election.
“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,” Mr Jonathan wrote.
“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.”
Jonathan said that the message undermined Nigerians and smacked of hypocrisy, ChannelsTV reported/
“The message was so condescending, it was as if Nigerians did not know what to do and needed an Obama to direct them,” he said.
The former Nigerian leader added that although Obama, in his message, said “all Nigerians must be able to cast their votes without intimidation or fear,” his government was vehemently and publicly against the postponement of the elections to enable the military defeat Boko Haram and prevent them from intimidating voters.
“This was the height of hypocrisy!” Jonathan declared.
Jonathan’s grouse with Obama went beyond the video. He narrated in the book that the actions of the then U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, especially his visit to Nigeria after the elections were rescheduled from February 2015 to March belied a plot to humiliate him.
This, he explained, was because even though the decision to postpone the elections was taken by INEC after a meeting of the Council of State, Kerry refused to accept that it was in the interest of the country and the electorate.
“In fact, John Kerry did not accept our reasons for the rescheduling.
“How can the U.S. Secretary of State know what is more important for Nigeria than Nigeria’s own government?