Thabo Mbeki: Abdusalami Stopped Obasanjo’s Third Term Proposal

The former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, has revealed that former Nigeria Military Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar, stopped the proposed third term bid former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Mbeki said this on Thursday at the Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar Festschrift Conference in Abuja, explaining that the move was disastrous for African Democracy.

Mbeki explained that he placed a call through to Obasanjo after he heard of the development to express his displeasure over his bid to change the constitution.

Abdusalami, Defender of his People

The former South African President acknowledged General Abubakar’s impact on Nigeria Democracy in 2006.

He added that he discussed Abubakar, and they both agreed that the “proposed amendment was undesirable.”

He called General Abubakar “a defender of democratic order and the peace and unity of Nigeria, as well as the welfare of all its people.”

He said, “We agreed to add our voices to those kicking against the amendment. We agreed that Abdulsalam would follow the situation in Nigeria closely and indicate to me when we should intervene against the constitutional amendment.”

Expressing his delight after hearing the bill was not passed by the Nigerian Senate, he said, “I was very pleased” after the Senate voted against the amendment.”

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