Obasanjo Attacks Jonathan Again, Says ‘When The Head’s Rotten, The Whole Body Is Useless’

GEJ-OBJA week after he rated President Goodluck Jonathan’s performance as ‘below average’, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has again launched a verbal missile at the present administration, saying its actions put Nigeria’s democracy at great risk.

Speaking at a book launch in honor of the pioneer chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offenses Commission, ICPC, Justice Mustapha Akanbi (retd.) at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja on Wednesday, Obasanjo, who was Chairman of the occasion advised Mr. Jonathan to stop encouraging “verbal violence, which may not physically hurt, but has ways of degenerating into physical violence”.

The former president, who warned that the greatest undoing of any administration would be the attempt to destroy opposition of all sorts, which invariably means destroying democracy, said: “Management of democracy without resorting to brute force and dictatorial tendencies must be cultivated”.

He continued: “As a leader, you must not deliberately do evil or condone evil. You should know that you will one day give account to God; you may cover up here, but before God, there is no cover up”.

Mr. Obasanjo also took on the administration in other areas such as the handling of the ravaging Boko Haram insurgency, corruption, the economy and youth unemployment.

According to him, Boko Haram is not out to “frustrate anyone’s political efforts” and lamented that it took President Jonathan years to fully grasp the motive of the insurgents.

On corruption, perceived to have grown to unimaginable proportions under the present dispensation, the ex-Nigerian leader simply said: “When the head is rotten, the whole body is useless”.

On state of the economy, Chief Obasanjo said Nigeria would continue to sink deeper and that the federal government is not telling Nigerians the whole truth about the state of the economy.

According to him, “the economy is in doldrums, if not in reverse”.

As of the time of publishing this report, the Presidency is yet to respond to Mr. Obasanjo’s latest statement.


  • The truth they said is bitter.i respect the office of the president but the truth be said this administration is full of deceit!!! Largest economy in Africa only on paper.when a man attain a position he is not prepared for what else do u expect from such fellows. I don’t blame Jonathan and his people…I blame Nigerians who casted. sympathy vote forgetting that a man who has no shoes would loot the treasury to acquire one

  • What kind of country are we living in?look at the biggest and most corrupt ex president accusing GEJ.Most of the problems bedeviling this nation 2day were institutionalized during OBJ’s tenure as President!If he has suggestions or contributions to help tackle the issues at hand he should bring them forth and stop aggravating them.And by d way if wants 2 join the bandwagon of the APC he is very free so that we will know that he is now in APC!

  • The comments coming from OBJ is not a true reflection of a successful past leader of a country as great as Nigeria. The idea of making provocative comments at every opportunity leaves much to be desired. He did worst things by introducing politics of rancour, hate and acrimony. He encouraged impeachment of governors without minding the quorum. He introduced bribery of legislators among other ugly trends that have paved way for high level of corrupt practices in the country today

  • OBJ is a lager nd a Stupid Man. He has had his chance, let him leave others to run theirs. He isn’t the only ex head of state 9ja has, so why can’t he keep to his business and leave the affairs of the country in the hands of the president like his colleagues. I see no reason for him trying to be relevant in this present political dispensation. I second your opinion @Kingsley.

  • Those of you raining curses & abusive words on OBJ should wait till after 2015(dats if GEJ is re-elected) & face d music,den u’ll understand d movie…let’s leave tribe & religion out of dis: is our dear naija really moving Forward under dis present administration???????!!!!! Abeg we all need a change in dis country bcos I’m really tired of “same old story”…dear GOD(our CREATOR) pls do come to our rescue.

  • The problems militating against Nigeria is as old as Nigeria itself,many governments have come and gone,yet these problems persist,successive govt left these challenges unattended to and sadly they’ve snowballed into gigantic issues during GEJ’s tenure,If Obj really knew the solutions to Nigeria’s problems,why didnt he solve them during his tenure,would GEJ have inherited these age-long and enormous problems if he had done well as his predecessor? He ruled with very little to show for,let him leave Nigerians to make comparisons between his administration and Goodluck’s…He cant be judge and jury same time.

  • Most Nigerians are so stupid and very myopic in their reasonings. Can u pple compare this regime wt obj’s regime? Gej remains the worst president Nigeria will ever produced.A regime soaked in the blood of innocent Nigerians. Nemesis will catch up wt jonathan and his cohorts for destabilising Nigeria

  • This is a sensitive situation we are into. 4get wot u,Gej or Obj said,d fact is dt Nigerians are not compatible. We shuld support GEJ to complete this tenure & wt our vote we can make him to continue or to pack his load. We’ve had many past heads-of-state which GEJ will b one of them later.
    Obj shuld not say who performed better/worse after all many still accuse him on different occasions.
    With wept happened during Osun state election, Obj is directly working for APC
    If he is in APC he shuld stop interfering with PDP program…at least he is now a preacher

  • I still get shocked when I hear or read people galvanizing support for OBJ (case of kettle calling new pot black). OBJ never got or even allowed the kind of oppositions that GEJ has been battling with. Truth is d foundation for what today is a hydra-headed dragon (boko haram) was laid during his tenure, and he condoned the injustice that initiated it. I get sick anytime OBJ (with his inhumane disposition to governance) comes out from his cocoon to judge the doctors trying to cure the malaise he invented or nurtured. Let Nigerians decide: we are not blind nor deaf. Nigerians will Decide!

  • I will never cause obj as other people did but I will only pray to God to remove bad leader for us and provide us God fearing to rule us in 2015 because we have tied of incompetent president.

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