What are you talking about? The first rule of the game is self-preservation. Every Nigerian politician knows that so long as Obasanjo is interested in a third-term, they dare not make their interest public. You think those governors who endorsed his third-term bid are stupid and foolish for doing so? Tell me, are they? Self-preservation, Reuben; self-preservation, my man! Secondly, their argument is this: "if Obasanjo can...why not us?" Power and money is intoxicating.
If you oppose President Obasanjo, or as much as look at him in a funny way, the EFCC will come after you. The police and the tax people will come after you. Your business license will be revoked. Your contract will be terminated. This and that and that and this will happen to you. Funny and dangerous things will happen to any politician who is foolish enough to declare his or her interest in the presidency when Obasanjo is still scheming to be a perpetual president.
And again, except for a handful, Nigerian politicians have soiled their hands, sold their souls and mortgaged their future. Obasanjo has a dossier on all of them. And they know it. To that extent therefore, President Olusegun Obasanjo is a very dangerous man. By his actions and pronouncements, he is stunting Nigeria's democracy; he is stunting Nigeria's growth and development.
The man is at once interested in and not interested in a third-term. He is at once a tyrant and a democrat. He must be pushed, forced, lured, encourage or kicked out; otherwise, this fellow is going to be around, beyond 2007. It is unfortunate that we don't have more than 2-5 men and women of courage and valor to tell him to his face that he is not wanted or needed after his term expires in 2007. The institutions are also not there to "guide him out." It's so sad and so unfortunate.
If Obasanjo thinks he is cornier than the fox, and then act on his ambition, he will find out how much he is truly hated by Nigerians. Even the unborn Nigerians hate him for being so incompetent, wasteful and forgetful of history. Let him go ahead and act on his lurid dreams -- history and posterity will be waiting for him.