Obasanjo is sick – Presidency

The Presidency has described the 16-page letter which the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari and released to the press as evidence that the former President is sick and needs medical help.

Reacting to Obasanjo’s letter, in a statement the senior special assistant to President Buhari on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said: “our first message to the former President is that he needs a good doctor for good treatment and to say to him, “Get well soon.”
Garba Shehu observed that since Chief Obasanjo left office in 1979, he never let every succeeding leader of the country function freely, and this included the one he personally handpicked against all known rules drawn up by the party that put him in the office of the President. But Chief Obasanjo is jealous because President Buhari has more esteem than him and the sooner he learns to respect him the better.
“It is a notorious fact that in dealing with any leader that he failed to control, he resorted to these puerile attacks. As the grand patron, more correctly the grandfather of corruption as described by the National Assembly, Chief Obasanjo released today’s letter purely for the reason of rescuing his thriving corruption establishment.
“The elections starting in February will be free and fair as promised the nation and the international community by President Buhari.
“What Chief Obasanjo and his co-travelers in the PDP should expect is that from the outcome, we will teach them a political lesson that they will never forget. This margin will be much bigger than we had in 2015.
“Claims that President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have embarked on the president’s “self- succession project, by recruiting collation officers who are already awarding results based on their projects to actualise the perpetuation agenda, in which the people will not matter and the votes will not count” is not only utterly false, but a copious note from the book on the failed third term agenda of President Obasanjo.
“The man, President Buhari who has taken Nigeria’s reputation to a higher level internationally and is working hard to improve on the records of elections he found in place cannot descend to the level that Obasanjo has himself sunk.

“As for his attacks of the administration’s records in fighting corruption, what the former President said is no more than evidence that President Buhari’s war against corruption is succeeding. They thought it is all a joke.
“A leader who took USD 16 billion “upfront” to supply electric power yet failed to add a single megawatt to the national grid and to date, there is no trace of the money is jittery that he will be called to account. He is a coward.
“Chief Obasanjo, manifesting a confused state of mind blames President Buhari for the fall of Libya into a failed state and the unholy alliance between the Boko Haram terrorists and the ISIS, while at the same time calling it an African problem, saying “the struggle must be for all West African, Central African, North African and most East African States,” which really does not amount to saying anything new.
“Nigerians looked up to him as a role model and a ray of hope to ethical and clean leadership until President Yar’Adua called him out to explain what happened to the sixteen billion dollars of taxpayer’s money. It is clear that with him sitting on top of the heap of corruption, he is no different from the crowd he leads.
“This language of his 16-page letter, likening President Buhari to General Sani Abacha, a man he dreaded and the one who jailed him under military laws is most unfitting from a former President of Nigeria.
“The claim that President Buhari has put in place rigging machinery is both outlandish and outrageous. We are unable to get the words to describe a 90-year old liar, except to say that by the publication of this tissue of lies against the President, he Obasanjo, not the President will fall from everyone’s esteem.”
Also reacting to the letter, former civilian governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of laying the foundation for impunity in the country.
The elder statesman also accused Obasanjo of doing worse than the present government in terms of using instruments of state to harass political opponents or opposition.
The elder statesman was reacting to the former president’s latest letter in which he expressed doubt over the integrity of the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct credible and fair elections in the 2019 general elections.
Balarabe Musa, in an interview, said that Obasanjo did not only harass his political opponents but killed them, adding: “Obasanjo did that. Obasanjo did worse than what is happening today. In fact he continued like his predecessors in laying the foundation for the present negative state of the nation.
“I have been aware of Obasanjo’s attitude towards those in power. Since after he handed power as a military president, he has been consistently acting like an agent provocateur on behalf of international imperialism, particularly now that Nigeria has no alternative.
“It can’t rely on PDP; it can’t rely on the APC. They are both the same. They are both at the root of the present negative state of the nation and most unfortunately, there is no credible, demonstrative and qualitative alternative in view from the political system. Nigeria is now facing a calamity and Obasanjo is using it, apparently to serve the interest of imperialism.
“Watch it, instead of using his relevance as former head of state to correct things, he always wait until things are bad and he makes it even worse.”
This was even as the President of the Center for Democracy (CD), Usman Abdul also said that Obasanjo is not a saint and can therefore not criticize President Muhammadu Buhari’s led federal government.
Usman Abdul accused the former president of doing exactly what he is criticizing the Buhari led Federal Government of, adding that Obasanjo played of the game of highhandedness when he was president.
“During the era of president Obasanjo too you will agree with me that there were some unlawful and unwarranted highhandedness that happened. He is equally not a saint as far as democracy is concerned.
“You will remember vividly that the Lagos state funds were at his disposal till after he left that the late President Yar’Adua released those funds for Lagos state.
“That military mentality is still within those people despite being in a democratic setting. It is left for we the civil society to as a matter of urgency look for credible democrats to head or lead this country and take us to the promise land.”

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