Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, to put Olusegun Obasanjo’s image on the naira.
According to Atiku, Obasanjo, a former Nigerian president, deserves the honour for his peacemaking efforts across Africa.
Atiku, who recalled Obasanjo’s peacemaking efforts in Liberia, São Tomé and Príncipe, maintained that Obasanjo is deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize.
“I am not surprised. I know my boss. He did the same thing in Liberia and São Tomé and Príncipe during our time in office,” Atiku said.
“If for nothing else, he is most deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize, and I will nominate him when entries are open for nominations.
“Africa is blessed to have a statesman of such impeccable democratic credentials as Chief Obasanjo. A man whose image ought to be in the redesigned Naira note to inspire future generations of Nigerians to sacrifice for their nation and continent,” he added.
Atiku was Obasanjo’s vice between May 1999 and 2007.
The duo, however, fell apart due to disagreements over Obasanjo’s third-term bid.
Atiku allegedly influenced lawmakers at the National Assembly to reject Obasanjo’s proposed amendment of the 1999 Constitution to allow him run for the third term in office.
They later reconciled in the buildup to the 2019 general election.