I realised democracy benefits on Abacha death row — Obasanjo

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Former President  Olusegun  Obasanjo has pledged to   support the President   Muhammadu Buhari  administration to succeed, saying there is  no  alternative to democracy.

Obasanjo spoke  on Friday at his Presidential Hilltop residence in Abeokuta when officials of the National Association of Nigerians Students  paid him a visit.

The former president, while narrating   his near death experience under the late Abacha administration, recalled that he and some  retired military officers and civilians were jailed in 1995  for allegedly plotting to overthrow the administration and  released after  Abacha’s death in 1998.

He said, “The alternative to democracy is worse than democracy. I experienced that. Abacha put me in prison and I was about to be killed. If it was under democracy (democratic rule) that would not happen.

“I will work for the success of this current dispensation. There is no excuse, because there is no alternative to democracy.

“The alternative to democracy is worse than democracy. I experienced that. Abacha put me in prison and I was about to be killed. If it was under democracy (democratic rule), that would not happen.”

Obasanjo, who said no matter what the critics of President Muhammadu Buhari might be saying, added that in the last two and a  half months Nigerians had started to witness a Nigeria of their dreams.

He noted that the country had  headed  toward the precipice so many times before, but God had not allowed it.

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