Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the country was divided because of President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that only those who voted for him would enjoy government’s patronage.

Obasanjo added that the difference between Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar and President Buhari is that the former vice-president would be president for all Nigerians and not just for those who voted for him alone.

He stated this on Wednesday at the Lagos Island Club Quarterly Business Lecture, where he was a guest speaker.

“Atiku has done one thing which is necessary for a leader to be believed or followed. He made mistakes and accepted his mistakes and asked for forgiveness. I forgave and I am sure Nigerians will do their part by voting for him. A leader should be susceptible to mistakes. When you have corruption under your nose and you are busy preaching against corruption. Atiku had not claimed to be a saint and I did not describe him as such. He has accepted his mistakes and that is what a good leader should do and not look for someone to pass the bulk to.

“I have been called names because of my position on Atiku Abubakar, the Waziri Adamawa.  Everything I have said as far as I have knowledge of Atiku, I have not retracted and I stand firmly by them because they are to the best of my knowledge true. And neither has what I have said and written about Buhari been controverted. If anything, they have been confirmed and proved beyond any shadow of doubt.

“But Atiku has done three things which are absolutely imperative for a leader.  First, know who you are and present yourself as you are – a human being in blood and flesh and susceptible to human mistakes and human frailties.  Don’t cover up with sanctimonious veneer of bogus integrity, goodness and false figures and statistics, all of which are contrived to deceive and to destroy,” he added.