Former President Goodluck Jonathan said a former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, influenced the 2015 presidential election which he lost to the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
Jonathan in his new book titled My Transition Hour, which he publicly presented in Abuja on Tuesday, recalled that he was confident of winning the election based on his achievements.
He recalled how Obama, in a video message directly released to Nigerians, urged them to vote the opposition in the two thousand and fifteen polls.
According to Jonathan, Obama released the video on March twenty-three, two thousand and fifteen which was less than a week to the two thousand and fifteen presidential elections.
He recalled that the video came after Obama sent his Secretary of State, John Kerry, to Nigeria to protest the rescheduling of the election.
According to Jonathan, those who understood subliminal language deciphered that he was prodding the electorate to vote for the opposition to form a new government.
He said the message was so condescending; it was as if Nigerians did not know what to do and needed an Obama to direct them.
The former President said the top US diplomat was nonchalant in his attitude towards his government despite all efforts to make him understand that the decision to postpone the election was in the overall interest of Nigeria.
He stated that how can the US Secretary of State know what is more important for Nigeria than Nigeria’s own government and how could they have expected us to conduct elections when Boko Haram controlled part of the North-East and were killing and maiming Nigerians at the time.
Jonathan said that not even the assurance of the sanctity of May twenty-nine, two thousand and fifteen, and proposed handover date could calm them down. He said that in Nigeria, the Constitution is very clear: No President can extend his tenure by one day.