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Monday, 21 January 2019

Presidency calls Obasanjo a "jealous coward"


President Muhammadu Buhari meets with former president, Olusegun Obasanjo in Abuja on April 7, 2016 (Presidency)

The presidency has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a "90-year-old liar" who "is jealous because President Buhari has more esteem than him".

In a 16-page missile he titled "points for concern and action", Obasanjo compared President Muhammadu Buhari to late military dictator, Sani Abacha, who ruled Nigeria from 1993 to 1998.
Obasanjo also claimed that President Buhari has all but concluded plans to rig himself back into power in cahoots with the electoral commission.
However, in a statement issued by Garba Shehu who is Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, the presidency said Obasanjo is only displaying the attributes of an ill person who could use the services of a doctor as soon as possible. The sixteen-page letter the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari and released this afternoon is the last push by desperate politicians who can’t handle the president politically and have resorted to subterfuge.
"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", the statement from Shehu read.

Obasanjo angry that he can't control Buhari, presidency says

The presidency added that Obasanjo is only bitter with Buhari because he hasn't been able to dictate what happens in Aso Rock.As repeatedly said of him, 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 statement added.

Presidency again promises free and fair elections

The presidency reiterated that contrary to Obasanjo's position, the forthcoming general elections will be free and fair.
"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", Shehu concluded.

No love lost between Obasanjo, Buhari

On January 23, 2018, Obasanjo attacked Buhari through a letter, calling the president a failure and a man blinded by ethnic loyalties.
In that letter, Obasanjo also asked Buhari to perish his second term plans.
“Whatever may be the state of President Buhari’s health today, he should neither over-push his luck nor over-tax the patience and tolerance of Nigerians for him, no matter what his self-serving, so-called advisers, who would claim that they love him more than God loves him and that without him, there would be no Nigeria, say.
“President Buhari needs a dignified and honourable dismount from the horse. He needs to have time to reflect, refurbish physically and recoup and after appropriate rest, once again, join the stock of Nigerian leaders whose experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the side line for the good of the country”, Obasanjo wrote.
After that public letter to Buhari which immediately went viral, both men met in Ethiopia, shared a laugh and posed for photographs in each other's arms; and everyone thought they had buried the hatchet for good and were cool again.
However, Obasanjo has pounced on every opportunity to have a go at Buhari since his January letter.
The former president is backing Atiku Abubakar to defeat Buhari during the February 16, 2019 election.

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