RED-HOT: Obasanjo Explains Why He “Won’t Dignify Jonathan With A Response”

Former Nigeria’s leader Olusegun Obasanjo said he is not going to reply to President Goodluck Jonathan’s latest written addition to the Obasanjo-Jonathan war of words. He has fulfilled his desire to point out the sailent issues to Jonathan, the former President explained, and pledged not to elaborate on the content of the letter.

obasanjo_arrives_zimbabweThe former President Obasanjo’s aide Tunde Oladunjoye briefed the press today at the Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Although the Obasanjo has received numerous requests both from local and international media to comment to Jonathan’s letter, he opted to fulfill his own promise to maintain silence. However, Obasanjo did explain he does not want to dignify President Goodluck Jonathan with a reply, as he had performed “his duty to the president, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Nigeria with his December 2 letter.”

It will be recalled that Obasanjo had, in the 18-page letter, accused the incumbent President of

  • failing to deliver on his electoral promises, to promote national unity, check corruption and strengthen national security;
  • planning to renege on his promise to spend one term of four years in office and of training a killer squad ahead of the 2015 general elections.

In his reply to Mr. Obasanjo’s “distinctly ominuous” message, the President, in a letter dated December 20, slammed the former President, and listed 10 reasons for replying Mr. Obasanjo. He defined the former President’s letter as an attempt to instigate people from other regions against him and cause disaffection within the ruling PDP.

However, in his letter, dated December 2 and titled ‘Before It’s Too Late,’ Obasanjo stated he was ready for any backlash from the Presidency, and vowed to “maintain serenity.”

“Since the publication of the letter written by the President, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, we have received several requests from local and international media asking to know Chief Obasanjo’s reaction to Mr President’s response,” Obasanjo’s statement read.

“One, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo acknowledges Mr President’s letter/response. However, Baba, as he already indicated in his December 2, 2013 letter, does not wish to make further comments beyond the contents of his last letter to Mr President or react to the said letter/response from Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

“Two, let me reiterate here that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, has tremendous respect for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Chief Olusegun Obasanjo sincerely appreciates all of you, my cherished colleagues; gentlemen and women of the media profession, who have been very upright, ethical and robust on the subject matter,” Mr. Oladunjoye concluded.


  1. No matter the circumstances or condition we may found ourselves’intellectuality’ is the key to succumb the challenges’ as ‘necessity,is the mother of invention’, which Baba exhibits, as they says ‘action speaks than intention’ Baba,as an elderly man,has performed his expected role and do not need to dwell on such a mere’trivial response’ by Mr President.

  2. Walexy shut up there! Elderly my foot. Agadi na agwo ofe rucha mpu obia na ako nonsense. He has nothin to say cos he is totally guilty & corrupt , which his daughter has even attested to

  3. Baba need not reply GEJ. He has played the role of an elder-state-man. GEJ should thread softly here. Mr President, be more careful.

  4. How on earth can he respond to such an intelligent response from my able president GEJ. He cannot because he did not understand most of the things our able president wrote in that letter. A fool will always be a fool. Obj is a loser. Someone who could not train his children in school is trying to direct the affairs of this great nation. Nigeria is bigger than you looser….

  5. kachi nd gg wake up and smell d coffe…in nigerial today we are leaving in Sorrow,Tears and Pain…….if u have lost a love one by the incessant killing of the boko haram then u will know Gej has failed us… is left for you to fail urselves again or be smart…….fact…..GEJ……is a black leg and a liar….

  6. @eva. Stupid old woman. You think an ogogoro induced brain wrote that letter? Thats the work of his underdogs you moron. You think exactly like your clansman, scumbag.

  7. OBJ, should maintain his serenity and leave the rest and let who have ear to ear. OBJ has done what he’s supposed to do because he paved way for GEJ to be where he is today; otherwise, GEJ has no business being in ASO-ROCK without the help of OBJ.

  8. As an elderly man, he has spoken his mind. it is now left for GEJ to sit right and committed to various issues bothering these country, rather than seeking re-election when the first four years was a wasted years of his administration without focus.

  9. @GEJ,Truth is Truth no matter the source. For instance, if a prostitute rise one day to declare that prostitution is bad, is the message false or should it be disregarded because a prostitute is the messenger? No. I think Fellow Nigerian should re-align our focus from the messenger (Obasanjo) and ask one question or the other about the message.


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