Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is sharply critical of former President Barack Obama in his new book, charging Obama with meddling in the 2015 Nigerian election.
The crux of Jonathan’s point rests on a video Obama made addressing Nigerian voters and telling telling them to “write the next chapter” of progress for the country, Nigeria’s Premium Times reported. Jonathan took that as a message to Nigerians to vote for the opposition, which they did, electing current President Muhammadu Buhari.
“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,” Jonathan wrote in his new book.
“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.”
Press in the U.S. greeted Buhari’s election in 2015 as a victory for Obama, with a CNN report saying Jonathan “was often a source of frustration for Washington.” World leaders, including the United Kingdom’s David Cameron, expressed worry over the fairness of the 2015 election given Jonathan’s decision to delay it by six weeks. – READ MORE