According to The Nation, Obasanjo said this at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun state, during a conference on African Development.
“PMB served under me and I know him a little bit. He hasn’t deviated from what I knew him for. Actually he is not a perfect man, indeed no leader can be perfect,” Obasanjo was quoted as saying.
“Buhari might not be grounded in both the economy and foreign affairs, he is doing well in fighting Boko Haram and in his anti-corruption crusade.
“I am very optimistic as far as Nigeria is concerned because we have somebody that will do it well as president.
The former president was also said to have attributed some of the problems in the country to lack of continuity of some good policies initiated by his administration.
He said the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who succeeded him, campaigned for continuity, but he jettisoned some of the things his (Obasanjo) administration erected when he came into power.
He also lampooned former President Goodluck Jonathan, his estrange ally.
Obasanjo said if he had his way, he would change some things in the country’s constitution.
“The problem of Nigeria is not the constitution. There is no constitution that is perfect in as much as it is written by human being that is perfect, if I have opportunity to rewrite the constitution of this country, there are some things I will change,” he said.
On the 36 cars purchased by senators he said: “The purchase of cars by the Nigerian senators is absolute nonsense, after being given money for cars and house allowances, yet they still appropriated special funds for car purchase.”