Hours after former president Olusegun Obasanjo released a long and strong worded letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the nation, Some Nigerians have packaged the letter in a spiral-bound format and are offering it for sale in Abuja.
The letter written by the former president is currently generating a lot of discussions among Nigerians and is believed to be a major blow to the Buhari’s presidency as Obasanjo is seen as one of the key statesmen in the country whose opinion can make or mar their 2019 chances.
Part of Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari in which he called on the Nigerian president not to seek reelection read:
“The situation that made Nigerians to vote massively to get my brother Jonathan off the horse is playing itself out again. First, I thought I knew the point where President Buhari is weak and I spoke and wrote about it even before Nigerians voted for him and I also did vote for him because at that time it was a matter of “any option but Jonathan”.
“But my letter to President Jonathan titled: “Before It Is Too Late” was meant for him to act before it was too late. He ignored it and it was too late for him and those who goaded him into ignoring the voice of caution.
“I knew President Buhari before he became president and said that he is weak in the knowledge and understanding of the economy but I thought that he could make use of good Nigerians in that area that could help. Although, I know that you cannot give what you don’t have and that economy does not obey military order. You have to give it what it takes in the short-, medium- and long-term. Then, it would move.
“I know his weakness in understanding and playing in the foreign affairs sector and again, there are many Nigerians that could be used in that area as well.They have knowledge and experience that could be deployed for the good of Nigeria. “There were serious allegations of round-tripping against some inner caucus of the Presidency which would seem to have been condoned. I wonder if such actions do not amount to corruption and financial crime, then what is it? Culture of condonation and turning blind eye will cover up rather than clean up. And going to justice must be with clean hands.”