Former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote a lengthy letter to President Buhari yesterday on the state of the nation. The letter has been compiled by fast thinking Nigerians into hard copies and being sold in traffic.
In Obasanjo’s Letter to President Buhari, Obasanjo questioned President Buhari’s ability to move Nigeria forward and then advised him to forget his second term bid. Check out the headline these fast thinking guys gave the letter!
Obasanjo came hard on Buhari in a special press statement titled,
‘The Way Out: A clarion call for coalition for Nigeria Movement.’
The former President warned President Buhari not to test the patience of Nigerians, advising him to consider a deserved rest after the completion of his first term.
Find below the summary of the letter;
Ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo has in a 13-page Scathing statement called on the president of Nigeria, President Buhari to bury any plans of re-contesting in 2019.
Obasanjo, in a special press statement titled “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement”, urged President Buhari to “honourably dismount from the Horse” and join the league of the country’s former leaders whose “experience, influence, wisdom, and outreach can be deployed on the sideline for the good of the country.”
Obasanjo disclosed that he feels disappointed with Buhari’s performance. OBJ also wrote a similar letter in 2013 against President Goodluck Jonathan, wrote;
“Even the horse rider then, with whom I maintain very cordial, happy and social relationship today has come to realise his mistakes and regretted it publicly and I admire his courage and forthrightness in this regard,”.
“He has a role to play on the sideline for the good of Nigeria, Africa, and humanity and I will see him as a partner in playing such a role nationally and internationally, but not as a horse rider in Nigeria again.”
“The lice of poor performance in government – poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening inequality – are very much with us today,”
“With such lice of general and specific poor performance and crying poverty with us, our fingers will not be dry of ‘blood’,”
In Obasanjo’s letter to President Buhari, OBJ thanked President Buhari for the way he handled the Boko Haram crisis but pointed out that he failed to be efficient in other areas. He admitted knowing that Buhari was weak in handling the economy, he went ahead and voted for him because at the time “it was a matter of ‘any option but Jonathan’” and because he thought Mr Buhari would appoint qualified Nigerians to help out in that area.
He slammed President Buhari for turning a blind eye to corruption within his government saying it amounted to condonation and cover-up saying whoever is “going to justice must be with clean hands.”
He also berated Mr Buhari for allowing the clashes between herdsmen and farmers to go “sour” and messy saying the endorsement of the President by some governors to seek re-election barely 24 hours after 73 people who were killed by herdsmen in Benue State were given mass burial was “a sad symptom of insensitivity and callousness.”