How Obasanjo tackled every successive administrations after him

As far back as December 2013, when former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, expressing concern about the direction of the latter’s administration, it was clear the former president was on a familiar mission.

In the 18-page letter dated December 2, the unmistakably angry Mr. Obasanjo expressed irritation at the way the Jonathan administration was handling the affairs of the Nigerian state. He spoke of an alleged threat to the unity of Nigeria and complained about the president’s renege on a promise he made in 2011 to spend only one term of four years in office.

He also lambasted the administration over what he described as the increasing cases of corruption in government and the alleged training of snipers ahead of the 2015 general elections, among others.

Expectedly, multiple criticisms and praises greeted the letter. Some individuals and groups expressed deep anger over the leaked letter and even called for Mr. Obasanjo’s head. The opposition National Conscience Party, NCP, accused the former president of treason, alleging that he was inciting Nigerians against the government. The Presidency also joined the fray in a noticeable bout of anger. In a letter dated December 20, Mr. Jonathan described Mr. Obasanjo’s letter as a threat to national security.” The president denied all allegations levelled against him by the former President.

On the flip side, a few organisations came to Mr. Obasanjo’s rescue. The All Progressives Congress asked the National Assembly to commence investigation into the allegations. The party specifically asked the parliament to initiate impeachment process against Mr. Jonathan. A non-government organisation, SERAP, internationalized the issue when it requested a UN agency to probe the allegations made in the letter.

Mr. Obasanjo was not one to be swayed by such criticisms or praises. In November 2014, at a book launch in honour of the pioneer Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Mustapha Akanbi, the former president rated Mr. Jonathan’s performance as “below average.” He also said the nation’s economy “is in doldrums, if not reversed.”

The following month, while hosting South-West women in his Abeokuta home, Mr. Obasanjo accused Mr. Jonathan of squandering $2 billion Excess Crude money left by his administration. He also said his administration left $25 billion to his successor, Umaru Yar’Adua who subsequently raised it to $35 billion. He also said he left $40 billion in Nigeria’s foreign reserves account after paying the nation’s outstanding debt at the time and that Mr. Yar’Adua raised it to $60 billion. He, however, regretted that the Jonathan administration depleted the reserves to $40 billion.

From far away Kenya where he had gone to launch his new book, “Under My Watch” Mr. Obasanjo reportedly endorsed the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, against Mr. Jonathan, who is the candidate of his own party, the PDP.

Although he later clarified the Kenya statement, saying he did not endorse the APC candidate, Mr. Obasanjo launched a fresh attack on Mr. Jonathan at a press briefing on Saturday, which ultimately led to his exit from the PDP on whose platform he ruled the nation between 1999 and 2007.

He had alleged that Mr. Jonathan, believed to be his godson, was working towards tenure extension by organizing a controversial election and possibly leave power the same way former Ivorien President, Laurent Gbagbo did.

However, not many have realized that Mr. Obasanjo, who governed the country as a military head of state between February 1976 and October 1979, was merely doing what he had penchant for.

Since he left office in 1979, Mr. Obasanjo has never failed in fiercely criticizing his successors and predecessors, especially on issues of national unity whenever he had the opportunity. He enjoys doing so, arguably.

On a number of occasions, the former president had fired letters, the type he sent to Mr. Jonathan, to the nation’s leaders, warning against destructive trends and events in a country he said he fought hard to unite during the civil war. At other times, he organized lectures and conferences to make his protests known.

A few times, he tore at his immediate successor, Shehu Shagari, the nation’s president between 1979 and 1983. He did so virtually to all the nation’s heads of state or presidents. In fact, the only administrations he never criticized were his.

A common trend that runs across his attacks on his predecessors is that something terrible happened to almost all of the regimes soon after he criticized them.

Muhammadu Buhari/Tunde Idiagbon

Despite styling itself “the offshoot of the Murtala/Obasanjo regime,” the Buhari/Idiagbon administration came under a barrage of attacks from Mr. Obasanjo, who repudiated that honour.

Mr. Buhari served in the Murtala/Obasanjo administration (1976-1979) as a military governor of the old Borno State and later petroleum minister. Although, he played a role in stabilizing the Buhari/Idiagbon administration and even nominated ministers to it, including Onaolapo Soyele (Finance Minister), Mr. Obasanjo was soon to become uncomfortable with some of the regime’s policies. He sought opportunities to meet Mr. Buhari to offer his advice. Perhaps, the administration appeared too deaf to listen to the former head of state, forcing him to go public.

At a lecture he gave to the Agriculture Society in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in August 1985, Mr. Obasanjo criticised the Buhari administration for allegedly running what he called “tilted federalism.” Interestingly, before the lecture, Mr. Obasanjo had sent an advanced copy of the lecture to Mr. Buhari. That same month, Mr. Buhari regime was sacked in a palace coup led by Ibrahim Babangida, the then Chief of Army Staff.

As Mr. Buhari himself confessed some years later, “He (Obasanjo) sent an advance copy of the address to me. Indeed, he criticised my administration but I could recall that he visited me several times. In my own case, there was never an attempt to stop him from coming to see me. I expected him really to be coming to discuss with me.

“Before he wrote the address, I sat with him to discuss the issue and I explained to him what he perceived as my administration being rather partisan in a way. I asked him for such incidents and I was given the example of NEPA, where senior officers were retired….

“So, I pointed out that really, there was no question of one section of the country being punished at that time. There was no incident to prove this but as you know General Obasanjo like everybody else had to be susceptible to the pressures of his locality.

“I tried to explain but the General still went ahead to read the address. Of course, by coincidence, I was removed the same month.”

Babangida Administration

A couple of times, Mr. Obasanjo criticized the policies of the Ibrahim Babangida administration which rule the country between 1985 and 1993. The former head of state was particularly sad that the regime refused to give human face to the Structural Adjustment Policy, SAP, and the endless transition programme.

On several occasions he granted press interviews to both local and international media to express his frustrations. In those interviews, he explained that he made efforts to see Mr. Babangida to discuss the issues, but that those efforts were futile. He reportedly wrote letters, but the president never acknowledged any.

When Mr. Obasanjo suspected that the military president was reluctant to leave office, he convened a summit on May 25, 1993, at his Ota farm, which was impressively attended.

Among the retired military generals he assembled to discuss the state of the nation were Mr. Buhari; his former deputy, Tunde Idiagbon; former Army Chief of Staff, Theophilus Danjuma; former Chief of General Staff, Ebitu Ukiwe; former External Affairs Commissioner, Joe Garba, and another former Chief of Army Staff, Alani Akinrinade.

From the political class came Olusola Saraki, Adekunle Ajasin, Datti Ahmed, Margaret Ekpo, Lateef Jakande, Mahmud Waziri, Onyemobi Onuoha, Rufus Mohammed, Olu Akinfosile, Abubakar Rimi, and a few others. Proferssors Adebayo Adedeji, Bolanle Awe and David Iornem represented the academia.

In his opening address, Mr. Obasanjo expressed concern about the increasing demands for secession and threats to national unity, among other issues.

“You can probably understand any personal anguish as a man who had fought for the unity of Nigeria with men who lost their limbs and lives when I hear people propound the theory of break up,” he said.
“Brothers and sisters, we will not be twice lucky. The world has changed somewhat since 1960s. There are so many forces and interests out there that will successfully militate against Nigeria surviving a second secessionist attempt.”

During the six-hour meeting, the participants at the summit expressed the fear that Mr. Babangida would not hand over power because of his winding and prolong transition. They also expressed worry about the inability of the political class to present a common front against the military president. They called for the decentralisation of resource control within a strong and united Nigeria. The meeting also set up a new body known as Association for Democracy and Good Governance in Nigeria, ADGN, to further promote their agenda against the Babangida regime.

Before the summit, Mr. Obasanjo had informed Mr. Babangida about his plan to host the meeting at the Gateway Hotel, Ota, but curiously the junta made to abort it. Unknown to government, the former head of state secretly provided another venue – his farm.

Four months after the summit, the gap-toothed Babangida hurriedly left power and fled to his home town, Minna. That was after he deceitfully organized a presidential election, which he claimed was inconclusive, but which was clearly won by Moshood Abiola.

The nullification of the election threw the country into turmoil. Mr. Obasanjo was involved in the negotiation that installed his kinsman, Ernest Shonekan as head of the Interim National Government, ING, which Mr. Babangida hurriedly packaged. He allegedly opposed handing over of state power to Mr. Abiola.

Shonekan Administration

The contraption called ING did not last long enough to attract Mr. Obasanjo criticism. It lasted 82 days between August and November, 1993.

Abacha Administration

Quite early in 1994, Mr. Obasanjo, at a lecture organised by Arewa House in Kaduna, sternly criticised the Abacha administration, which assumed office in November of the previous year, of lacking in credibility and moral fiber. He also accused the administration of habouring dark design to perpetuate itself in power and blamed Mr. Babangida for Mr. Abacha’s ascension to power.

“General Babangida is the main architect of the state in which the nation finds itself today and General Sani was his eminent disciple, faithful supporter and beneficiary.”

It was not clear if Mr. Obasanjo was angered by the upstaging of the ING, which he was involved in floating, or he was truly concerned about the state of the nation. He had launched an international campaign against Mr. Abacha, accusing him of lacking in ethics and transparency.

At home, Mr Obasanjo opened discussions with some leaders and began to build bridges, particularly in the Eastern flank of the country.

Mr. Abacha was uncomfortable with the development and was worried about the former head of state’s offensive. The taciturn general decided to tame Mr. Obasanjo and other critics, including his (Obasanjo) erstwhile deputy, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua. Mr. Abacha perceived Mr. Yar’Adua’s political activities were undermining his own self-succession agenda. In 1995, they were implicated in a phantom coup plot and jailed.

While Mr Yar’Adua later died in prison, Mr. Obasanjo did not regain his freedom until the emergence of the Abdulsalami Abubakar regime which replaced Mr. Abacha after the latter’s death in June 1998.

Adulsalami Abubakar Adminsitration

The 11-month administration June 1998-May 1999) freed Mr. Obasanjo from Makurdi Prison where he was serving life sentence. He was soon to be drafted into politics by some northern elements led by, interestingly Mr. Babangida whose administration he had fought. The former head of state won the presidential election.
Mr. Abubakar, who allegedly played a prominent role in Mr. Obasanjo’s emergence as president never experienced the other side of his successor apparently because he was in prison and also because that administration was short-lived.

Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Administration

Shortly before Mr. Yar’Adua became critically ill and eventually died, Mr. Obasanjo was no longer comfortable with him despite playing major role in his (Yar’Adua) emergence as President in 2007. Reason: Mr. Yar’Adua had reversed virtually all the policies of his predecessor and was already investigating some aspects of Mr. Obasanjo’s regime. Mr. Obasanjo’s position as the Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, which he had awarded himself while leaving power could not help persuade the new president’s from going for his benefactor’s jugular. Indeed it was speculated that Mr. Yar’Adua was contemplating arresting Mr. Obasanjo.

In his book, “The Accidental Public Servant,” a former FCT Minister, Nasir el-Rufai claimed that the former president was living in mortal fear that his successor would pick him up someday. Then Mr. Yar’Adua illness! Mr. Obasanjo worked underground to see the president’s deputy, Goodluck Jonathan succeed the ailing president. He soon saw an opening to go public.

At the 7th Annual Trust Dialogue organised by Media Trust Limited, publishers of Daily Trust, which he chaired, on January 20, 2010, Mr. Obasanjo admonished his successor to follow the “path of honour and morality” and resign if he knew he was no longer fit to carry on as President. It did come to many as a shock, however, having helped to install that administration. Five months after, precisely in May. Mr. Yar’Adua died in office.


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  • Emmy

    In my opinion, this write up reaffirm some people’s belief that OBJ truly have good intentions and always want this country to be together and prosperous. He’s never afraid to criticize and make is opinion known on any issue affecting the country. He may have his own failings which shows he’s not perfect just like every other person.

    • Mans112

      I couldnt agree more Emmy, in as much as OBJ himself failed as a leader, he has always spoken up when necessary unlike the other ex leaders

      • NinjaK

        How can a failed leader be speaking up?
        A man that can not even manage his family (made of God knows how many wives & children, which even Iyabo says she does not know!), then we give to him a whole country to manage and we were all expecting to live happily ever after? No wonder we always sow cocoyam and then keep going to church and mosques for miracle to make us reap sugarcane!
        Little wonder the Pastors are now buying jets out of continuously selling useless hope…..
        Suddenly, nigerian clerics now know their imported religions much more than the people that brought it to them in the first instance…….

    • emmanuel

      This write up is actually to instill fear in Jonathan and well meaning Nigerians that something disastrous will happen.

      It is part of APC game through its media wing

      • Don brown

        Obj has a negative agenda.Nigeria would soon discover this evil man of no equal

    • Brandon Landry

      Yes i agree with you. OBJ is fatally flawed as a person. But his qualities as a fearless, patriotic, highly experienced, seasoned nationalist Statesman are simply unassailable and unrivaled in the Nigerian political landscape.

      • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

        How do you get a flawed person and they possess those qualities? Are you high on something?

  • Chief Badejo

    Emmy:

    One word that has never appeared with the name “Olusegun Obasanjo” in any sentence
    published in Nigeria or anywhere in the world is, “HONESTY”. That says all there is to know
    of his 78-years existence. If after 78 years on this earth he’s failed to achieve that description,
    there’s nothing else he can point at in his entire life as a worthy achievement on earth.

    • naso

      “Some people call themselves statesmen but they are NOT statesmen.
      They are just ordinary politicians. For you to be a statesman it is not
      because you have occupied a big office before but the question is:
      what are you bringing to bear?

      Are you building this country or are you a part of the people who tell lies
      to destroy this country, to create enmity and make people who ordinarily
      would have been living together, fight themselves?

      Are you planning to set the country ablaze because you did not get
      that particular thing you want? Hiding under some big names and
      creating a lot of problems in this country, making provocative statements
      in this country – statements that will set this country ablaze –
      and you tell me you are a senior citizen. You are NOT a senior citizen;
      you can never be. You are an ordinary motor park tout.”

      ………..President Goodluck Jonathan

      (January 7th, 2015)

      • The Questioner

        IT IS NOT TOO LATE AT AGE 78 TO PUT ASIDE VANITIES
        AND START TO LIVE IN THE LIGHT OF TRUTH BY ASKING
        A SIMPLE QUESTION HE’S BEEN EVADING TO ASK; NAMELY:

      • Denis_NG

        So, you are now quoting Jonathan? That goes to show that your own level of intelligence is on the same wavelength as that of your principal…below average.

    • emmanuel

      Obasanjo is older than Soyinka and Soyinka is over eighty. The man is a mortal lier.

      He ran almost all his children out of town

    • SayNo2Tribalism

      According to this article OBJ has been fighting for unity and democracy all his life. For opposing Abacha, he went to jail. Nobody is perfect, he is still better than most of our current leaders.

      • Brandon Landry

        Honestly, OBJ for all his shortcomings, is a colossus, an iconic nationalist and a true Nigerian Statesman. But he’s a highly flawed being. Which human being isn’t though?

  • Chris1408

    Nigerians know OBJ is bad and probably more responsible for the decay in today’s Nigeria more than anyone else. It’s in OBJ administration a serving governor was kidnapped because he refused to handover the treasury to Uba brothers. OBJ openly disrespected every law of the land and laid bad foundation for Nigeria democracy twice. OBJ is the evil bewitching Nigeria. However, GEJ is just as wicked.

  • Maria

    OBJ is the only Nigerian leader who speaks up when others keep mum…He would say it to anyone who cares to listen that he is not afraid to die. I love the man. However, he is also an architect of our problem. Otherwise, how on earth would someone impose a criminal such as GEJ on a country he claims he loves so much? There are 180 million Nigerians far better than Mr Jonathan to occupy that office, but Mr Obasanjo foisted him on us.

    • burning spear

      an attention seeking former abina

    • emmanuel

      Mumu, when last were cars assembled in Nigeria, trains ran (the train which crashed in Virginia USA a few days ago was a locomotive), people spent two days on Benin Sagamu Road during OBJ, an alternate road has been created aside from the Niger bridge in lokoja, several new federal university, education budget greatly increased, Fertiliser scam ended, ghost worker ended, highest foreign Direct Investment ever, etc

      I beg name wetin Obasanjo, Shagari, Buhari, IBB, Abacha do?

      • Denis_NG

        Obasanjo paid off the nation’s debts, whereas, Jonathan has increased our debts thousand folds. Obasanjo brought modern cellular communication and internet technology to Nigeria, whereas, Jonathan was assembling cars no ordinary Nigerian can afford. Obasanjo brought locomotives on Nigerian rail lines relative to the time, GEJ brought dinosaur’s era locomotive trains when the entire world has abandoned them. Overall, OBJ tried to build the future for generations unborn, JEG is on the other hand mortgaging the future of those children. Obasanjo is highly cerebral, whereas Jonathan is completely the opposite.. duh!….

        • Brandon Landry

          Pow! I love the musical sound of this loud shot u just fired bro!

      • Maria

        I understand GEJ built Abuja, third mainland bridge including Lagos Airport… Not to mention many more things. Ordinary refineries Jonathan cannot build. Only world war 2 locomotives that have been decommissioned in Brazil the lunatic is parading as train running, you shameless ediots.

        • Brandon Landry

          Ms lady, why bother replying to retarded lunatics who willfully turn truth on its head to earn peasant wages for their e-rat day jobs?

    • Brandon Landry

      Str8 up! You just took the words outta my mouth. Truth aint never lied.

  • emmanuel

    PT Jonathan is an exception to the something disastrous always happen to his successors you mentioned. That on its own was the reason you put up this publication.

    Jonathan will finish strong and I bet you, a lot of people will go to jail after May 29, 2015 under Jonathan.

    Una go see the iron hand when una dey solicit for.

    • progress

      You can’t give what you don’t have.

    • Brandon Landry

      look at this self deluded demagogue frothing at the mouth

  • favourtalk

    When GEJ finishes in may, many and him will go to jail to complete the wickedness they have done to this country, we don’t want destruction and fear anymore. We wants better life. We want change

  • evi

    A few times, he tore at his immediate successor, Shehu Shagari, the nation’s president between 1979 and 1983. He did so virtually to all the nation’s heads of state or presidents. In fact, the only administrations he never criticized were his.
    End of story.
    Everybody is bad except obasanjo.Every administration is bad and corrupt except obj’s.
    Yardua should have arrested him when he was alive .Infact abacha should have killed him. Useless old man.

  • Okey

    So there was a time in this country that Obasanjo accused Buhari of being an ethnic bigot (practicing “tilted federalism”) and went ahead to give Buhari concrete examples of removing Yorubas from NEPA at the time ? What then is the lie that Obasanjo and his brothers in the West now say other Nigerians are telling against Buhari ?

    • Maria

      But does their support mean anything? Otherwise, why should SW people matter in GEJs re-election bid? GEJ has done worse against SW. He has shown publicly that he is anti-south west even in his public comments.

      • tunji braimoh

        You obviously are not from the south west so try and shut your trap.The south west will vote massively for GEJ because he has promised to implement the outcome of the constitutional conference,Besides go and read your history the yorubas have never been comfortable with the fulani men right from the time of Pa Awolowo till date.Recall how we fought Obj when he was consorting with the fulanis in the north,now Tinubu is making the same mistake for his personal interest and the yorubas are too sophisticated to be hoodwinked by Tinubu or anyone for that matter

      • Joe

        Every country gets leaders that reflect their character and their ways life. Not until we change the way we live our lives and have a new orientations; changing the leaders will amount to double tragedies if not worse. History tells us: shagari’s government better than his successor Buhari; Buhari was better than IBB;IBB was better than Abacha; Abacha better than OBJ; OBJ better than GEJ, and GEJ better than??!!. Democracy is the best system of government, but it does not guarantee good governance. Majority carry the votes, but at same the time, the leaders elected by the majority reflects the character of the society and by extention the country. So, for us to get good leaders, majority of us must first be good. Do not expect any good from any leader, until the follows are first and foremost good.

    • love.t

      Were are you from in Nigeria …..?Yoruba people are not your mate man…….who need you in south west Nigeria…. to be honest I don’t have a single belief in one Nigeria,,so we are YORUBA NATION we can succeed on our own we have b doing this for centuries and we don’t want join bus with those losers ….I bet some country w kneel down to sell their product even oil to Yoruba nation if Nigeria brake up today………

      • Okey

        Nigeria will NOT break. It’s obvious you’ve just taken one bottle. But by the time you wake up, you will see Nigeria has moved on in the right direction as a united nation.

  • Maria

    Jonathan ti fori gbele agbon…Certainly his end is nearer.

  • tunji braimoh

    Obj has just been successflly driven into retirement,the next ex general to follow him is Boko hari and march 28th is his judgement day

    • Tunsj

      Keep on dreaming my friend.

  • FortB

    All those who had fallen for the Obj scheming better open their eyes. The article contains verifiable facts. Let the truth be said loud and clear. All those clapping for Obj with his consistent evil plot should hide their heads in shame. And for Baba Iyabo, a public disgrace awaits him soon if he refuses to repent.

  • Garden-City Boy

    Only a few days ago, Prof. Wole Soyinka described Obasanjo as “having a “compulsive career of lying”. Yet when he opens his fly-trap, some misguided minions hail the grumpy, senile, wet towel. According to the primate, it is only in wonder Nigeria that they root for butchers like Obasanjo and Buhari.

    • Samira Magaji

      That is what he is good at.He should let the masses decide not for him making so much noise around…#GEJ42015

    • Samira Magaji

      OBJ is the major problem of this Nation. #GEJ42015

      • TrueNja

        Baba is the best for our nation Nigeria. He made a shoeless to become the president of Nigeria, however, the shoeless turned his Goodluck to Badluck to Nigerians.

        • Es3

          Anyone can make another President and as a matter of facts, many other people (world over) make many others Presidents every other year!!!

          But how many of those do you hear or read about wanting to dictate even the colour of pants the person he/she made president should wear on daily basis???!!!

          That is what your Baba (OBJ) does to others. which and as truly stated by the daughter, Obasanjo would not take such from another person?!!!

        • Samira Magaji

          Jonathan is the man

    • TrueNja

      The same Prof Wole Soyinka described Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as ” king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon”

      r”

  • concernednigerian

    Jonathan’s administration will survive Obasanjo’s demagoguery and even Obasanjo the man.

  • burning spear

    The questions to ask are: Did Obasanjo truly fight corruption during his administration? Was he sincere in his avowed commitment to the war against corruption? How successful was he? Does Obasanjo have the moral right to haul stones at his successors on the issue of corruption?

    While Obasanjo paid lip-service to the war against corruption, what he did, in practice, was to entrench corruption, making his administration the most corrupt regime in Nigeria’s political history. In fact, Obasanjo virtually directed all sorts of fraud, and in the process, he corrupted the key institutions and processes – INEC, elections, Police, Civil Service, legislature, due process, etc. Indeed, for the eight years Obasanjo was in power, corruption escalated to the highest level for which Nigeria was rated as one of the most corrupt nations of the world.

    The facts of Obasanjo’s corruption are difficult to hide. Indeed, the list is endless as the the nation’s treasury was looted with impunity, the Constitution violated without respect for the rule of law and due process. The following are a few instances:

    Massive fraud involving over N3.5 trillion in the oil and gas sector, sale of Abuja houses, communications and the power sector of the economy.

    Obasanjo was alleged to have illegally withdrawn as much as N231.4 billion from the Federation Account without due process or authorization from the National Assembly (Daily Sun of Thursday, February 5, 2009).

    • burning spear

      Jonathan should do all to avoid Obj————-and the socalled Lamido who has been pleading with him to go to Otta farms to beg Obj again–the man will just disgrace him——-there———————————ignore obj——————he claims to be fighting for the Yorubas—where was his views on Abiola—–during abacha ati buharis regime–is he still fighting for the Yorubas–where was obj when the Post of Speaker of the House which was zoned to the Yorubas by Jonathan—was snatched by the Fulanis?

  • PATROTIC NIGERIAN WOMAN

    Nigerians will honour the voice of GOD and note MAN. Anyone, who ever played THIN GOD and tried to take GOD’s GLORY simply because God had placed him in exalted position of leadership or used him for others, always ended up attracting the wrath of God. King Herod did it in the Bible long time ago and according to Acts 12: 22-23, the people berated and rejected him thereafter the rod of God caught up with king Herod. The Angel of God struct king Herod , he fell down and worms ate him up. We have had past head of States, who still love this country and they don’t play GOD by insulting a sitting President. Former President Yakubu Gowon loves Nigeria and he has always showed it by his honourable and patrotic manner as a TRUE CHRISTIAN. President Gowon had once fought for the unity of our beloved country Nigeria at the expense of his life but has never either openly or secretly attacked Goodluck Jonathan or any other past ex-presidents or head of states. This is nobility and the attribute of an elder statesman. As Christians, the Bible enjoins us to pray for our leaders because ALL leaders are put in position by GOD not GOD FATHERS. According to 1 Timothy 2:1-2. ” I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. God recognizes the fact that leaders can go wrong or make mistakes that is why HE asked ALL to pray for them.I wonder if Obasanjo has ever read this portion of the Bible as a Christian he claims to be. Nigerians please, kindly remind our ex-president of the repercussion of what he is trying to do to our beloved country. Nigerians prayed for peace during OBASANJO’s tenure and despite his evil plot of THIRD TERM ELONGATION, he ruled in peace. Why is he trying to make Goodluck’s rule unbearable?. Or, is he part of the evil people that promised to make NIGERIA UNGOVERNABLE AND MAKE the DOG AND BABOON BATHE IN BLOOD? A so-called elder statesman and bourgeois who had enjoyed the common wealth of the South-South people and Nigerians in general, coming now to incite the country into anarchy, GOD IS INDEED WATCHING. According to a local proverb, “HE WHO THE gods WANT TO DESTROY, THEY FIRST MAKE MAD”! NIGERIANS ARE WATCHING. GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!!

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    Truly interesting. A pungent reminder of times past with several missed opportunities.

  • demgosoonknow

    May his soul find peace.