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Olusegun Obasanjo's Letter to Mr. President

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Re: Olusegun Obasanjo's Letter to Mr. President
« Reply #1 on: Dec 12, 2013 »
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This piece is disturbing, shocking and revealing at the same time. A sad story of the jungle called Nigeria.
The question now is, is OBJ under a fear for his life or under any kind of pressure?
Is this sharp patriotism any way normal? In spite of the fact that we know him to be a strong nationalist all along. But the piece will definitely be a determinant in the next election if we are a people with some logic and memory.

I can't wait to see how the Presidency will throw mud in the direction of Otta.
Please run for cover. Lol

This is a bomb in the true literary terms and clearly, it is no longer at ease....
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Re: Olusegun Obasanjo's Letter to Mr. President
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Below is one of the Nigerians reactions on former President Obasanjo's letter to President Jonathan.  Enjoy the reading:

Sorry General Obasanjo, But It’s Already ‘Too Late!’ By Chinedu Ekeke

By Chinedu Ekeke

Dear General Obasanjo : Your 18-page letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, which was leaked to the press yesterday, left many mouths agape in utter wonderment. That letter, every patriotic citizen must agree, summarizes Mr Jonathan’s administration in content and character. His regime is a marvel of transgression. In fact, General, many of us – Nigeria’s nobodies who have somehow found space in twitter’s ability to absorb frustrations in 140 characters – have been dubbed ‘children of anger’ by the president’s spokesperson, Reuben Abati. Our sin? We have long told them that this government is empty, that its head means no good for the country, and that its key players stink of corruption.
The truth in that letter will not permit anybody, and that includes the worst of your critics, Dear General, to accuse you of bitterness. No matter what Abati comes out to feed us, for sure, people like me will not agree with him or his ilk that you are one cranky old man, envious of his principal. It does appear like you were sincerely led by the love for country in drafting that letter.
However, General, the same truth in the said letter has prompted some of those who read you to wonder where this patriotism was while you bestrode Nigeria’s political landscape with visible mercilessness in the 8 years that you ruled. And while it lasted, you probably never imagined that a day would come when the genie you planted in your kitchen will spring up and give every family member the run of their lives. For those of us who think you did this land evil by your choice of successors, this is that ah ha! moment.

General, you rightly recognized that by being Nigeria’s president, one was handling five positions concurrently. It was from these five positions that you created this president Jonathan and foisted him on a nation in need of speed. Like I have said in the past, Jonathan is your legacy. You will live with this reality till the day you die. In your essential nature, which is particularly common with the Nigerian politician anyway, you kept dropping God’s name in that letter. You claimed God made Jonathan president through you. That’s not true, General. God did not make Jonathan Nigeria’s president. You did. Actually, Nigeria’s president as of today could have been anybody. It was just for you to decide. Whoever you foisted on the nation in 2007 was your choice, not God’s. And like I said, that president could have been anybody. Do you realize, General, that if the presidential candidate in 2007 had been a Nuhu Ribadu or an El-Rufai, then there wouldn’t have been a President Jonathan today? Because, for one, they are both still alive. I am assuming that your VP choice would still have remained Jonathan. I mean, if you had tinkered with your combination for that contest, the outcome today wouldn’t be exactly what it is. If it had been Yar’Adua and another Ijaw person, capable and detribalized, we wouldn’t be having a President Jonathan now. It’s important you note this.
May the General be reminded that, as at the night you conscripted Governor Goodluck Jonathan into the presidential race – to serve as Yar’Adua’s running mate- he had a huge case of corruption hanging on his neck. Which makes it, permit me to use this, hypocritical of you to now accuse the president of corruption. You are worried about the allegation that sales of crude worth billions weren’t remitted into the nation’s treasury? Seriously, General, what makes you think a corrupt governor will not be a corrupt Vice President? And how will a corrupt Vice President not make a corrupt president? Interestingly, you were the one who constituted a Joint Task Force in 2006 which listed Goodluck Jonathan amongst candidates for prosecution on the grounds of false declaration of assets. It was a breach of Code of Conduct for public office holders. That Task Force was headed by your anti-corruption chief, Nuhu Ribadu. It comprised of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), The Department of State Services (DSS), and the Nigerian Police. In their report, they recommended for prosecution of Dr Goodluck Jonathan and some other state governors of that time. The grounds for Jonathan’s potential prosecution were stated as follows:
Substance of Charges (1) False Declaration of Assets

(i) Lexus Jeep worth N18 million claimed to have been acquired through savings in 2004. Verification reveals that the Jeep was a gift collected in contravention of the CCB Act of 1990. Same for BMW 7351 Series bought in 2005 worth N5.5 million;
(ii) Acquisition of properties outside legitimate income; Seven Bedroom Duplex acquired in 2001 worth N18 million at Otuke Ogbia LGA, Four Bedroom Duplex acquired in 2003 worth N15 million at Goodluck Jonathan Street, Yenegoa;
Five Bedroom Duplex – acquired in 2003 worth N25 million at Citec Villas, Gwarimpa II – Abuja.
Yet you, without regards for decency and honour – oh, that word! – for the office of the president, forced Jonathan into the presidential contest the very next year. So who is the problem? The leopard which is unable to change its spot or the man who didn’t like the spots but still opted for the leopard in a contest where only the Zebra was good enough? Your argument that you wanted a core North/South South combination in 2007 isn’t tenable, because much as it (the North/South divide) is our reality, Yar’Adua/Jonathan wasn’t the only solution to that challenge. In truth, if you went for merit, they never came near the mark. There were hundreds of more qualified and better people from the two regions. General, admit it, your choice of Yar’Adua and Jonathan was in your best interest, not Nigeria’s. It was more of an ego trip than a journey to bequeath our fledgling democracy competent, and able hands.

I heard you mention ‘honour’ in your letter. That sounded strange. Honour? Well… there’s a coalesced consensus on your person, that you aren’t the type who qualifies even remotely to charge anybody of lacking in ‘honour’. Would you be kind enough, General, to remind us how honourable it was to want to tinker with our nation’s constitution for a self-serving third term to be inserted therein? Some of the most qualified people in your administration to succeed you in office were snubbed because they didn’t support your third term plot. Remember how much you bribed legislators to ensure the constitutional amendment did happen? At that point in our history, you, General Obasanjo, did not care if Nigeria was tottering on the edge of entropy. It never mattered that your action was driving us back to 1966. Today, Jonathan, driven by the same ambition that propelled you, doesn’t really give a damn. Those who tried it before him are still alive and well, and you would want to also add, superbly rich, to junket the whole globe donning the garb of international statesmen. Jonathan thinks he has a future in the trade that sustained – and still sustains – you. So why blame him? You showed him the path to dishonour. He is not likely to depart from it. It is good to suddenly remember such an ideal as honour. I just however, thought to remind you that it would have come handy when you were the president. And with such example, the presidency wouldn’t have attracted a character like Goodluck Jonathan under your supervision.

You talked about crises in your party and how the president fuels it. Well, you are right. For self-serving interests, Jonathan has factionalized his party. But I just think he learnt that from you. Dear General, do you remember a man called Audu Ogbeh? How did he stop being PDP national chairman? You went to his house at the thick of the night and procured his resignation at gun-point. And what was his offense? Oh, it was a letter. You see, a letter! Letters, especially this type you wrote Jonathan, are known to get you irate. Mr Audu Ogbeh wrote you a letter seeking your intervention – in your capacity as the Party Leader – in the political crises engulfing one of your PDP states. Recall, General, that Chris Ubah, billionaire tout and a relative of your late wife Stella, kidnapped the state Governor Chris Ngige and practically brought governance in the state to a halt. He had also set ablaze the seat of government. The governor’s security details were withdrawn with order from your Abuja and all you did was look the other way. Even when it became public knowledge that all Ubah wanted was for the state finances to be emptied into his bank accounts, you never acted irritated. You never cautioned Ubah who was enjoying your support. You can’t deny this, General, because Ubah’s blood brother, Andy, was your domestic aide then. And, as you once made us know, he used to serenade you to sleep. You masterminded the destabilization of a couple of states in Nigeria as the president. You effectively played God, sir. Isn’t it clear that Mr Jonathan’s polarization of PDP is reminicscent of the manner you equally polarized the party?

On sycophancy, you equally enjoyed a substantial dose of it. Remember Ojo Maduekwe? He was your man-Friday. You know, we all know he has a history of excellence in playing the perfect courtier. In early 1998, while you were languishing in prison, Ojo was at Abuja telling Nigerians why Abacha must transmute from army camouflage to baban riga. He said Abacha was the best thing to happen to Nigeria since the invention of Garri Ijebu. And then the moment Abacha died, he did a 360 degree and became your best man. At Eagle Square, at the twilight of your presidency, when you were plotting your eternal hold on PDP, Ojo was the one who helped you change your party’s constitution to make way for your emergence as the BOT chairman. That a character like that was very close to your government says much about your love, or lack of it, for truth.
There is an area I am tempted to absolve you of blame on the Jonathan presidency: the President’s clannishness. He hasn’t risen beyond ethnicity. He won’t. You see, it takes an upbringing of sufficient exposure to Nigeria’s diversity to not be tribal. Jonathan doesn’t have the heart to refrain from being the president of the ‘Ijaw Nation’. Sad as this is, you still are to blame. There are ways to find out if a man is a closet bigot, especially if the man isn’t ambitious. Ambitious men have a way of hiding their true selves. Jonathan the governor in an Ijaw state wouldn’t have been able to hide his disdain for other parts of the country; because, he never aspired to play at the national level. If you had sought for signs in 2007, you’d have seen many. But let’s face it, General: you weren’t after a detribalized Nigerian being the Vice President. You were only for a Vice President who had the capacity, alongside his principal, to be manipulated. And that you planned to do from your Ota Farm. Remember you told El-Rufai this? Well, The Accidental Public Servant, his expose on all that transpired in that government of yours, is my supporting evidence.

As a president, you were nationalistic, no doubt. And for that you deserve my commendation. But you did not necessarily seek nationalists to succeed you. You wanted puppets. You just got served, General.
I do not intend to do you an 18-page letter. I do not have such luxury of time. I’m in my productive years, and must use it to, in the absence of social security put in place in the country you ruled for 11 years, work extra hard in search of a secure retirement for myself.

So permit me to conclude this letter by referring to a very courageous assertion you made in your letter. I personally think that line should resonate in all books of Nigeria’s history at the right time. You said; “I have passed the stage of being flattered, intimidated, threatened, frightened, induced or bought… Death is the end of all human beings and may it come when God wills it to come.”
If you had abided this philosophy while you reigned, I doubt if we would be where we are today. For instance, the Ibrahim Babangida whom you craved the President’s indulgence to put in copy of the letter would have been where those who mismanage $12.4b of their countries’ wealth are kept: jail.
It’s disgusting to flaunt a friendship with a man who liberalized corruption in the country you claim to love, when, in truth, you had the opportunity to extract justice from him for the rest of the citizens, and even humanity.
You see, you wrote a good letter. It is only sad that this mess we are into could have been completely avoided…by you. Now, the next solution, which is the president heeding your wise counsel, will unfortunately be rubbished by his knowledge and those of his aides, that you did not lead by example. The president will, as it is practiced amongst Nigeria’s political elite, hurl the message inside the trash bin because the messenger is tainted.
This is why your message came way too late, because you, while you served in that same capacity, should have been the message yourself. And if you had been, Jonathan wouldn’t have become, because in him you wouldn’t have found the depth required to steer the ship of the Nigerian state, the entity you profess so much love for.
Thank you, General, and please accept the assurances of my highest regards.
Chinedu Ekeke

(An unknown Nigerian)

P.S: Should you consider joining twitter anytime soon, please chat me up as @Nedunaija. And just a reminder, President George W H Bush, at 89, is on twitter. So General, you may want to join us.
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Re: Olusegun Obasanjo's Letter to Mr. President
« Reply #3 on: Dec 16, 2013 »
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This is another reaction - Enjoy the discourse:

In Defense of Olusegun Obasanjo – By Paul Omoruyi

Let me be clear and very clear - Former President Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) in my opinion has his hand in Nigeria’s proverbial cooking jar. Undoubtedly, as it is becoming obvious daily, history will judge him for his role in Nigeria’s political quagmire and economic quandary. Nigerians are all too aware of what transpired from the ignominious regime of IBB to the current lack luster government of GEJ.
Nigerian unborn will tell you that our beloved country has not been very lucky with visionary and revolutionary leaders that can change the status quo of incompetence, low expectation, financial misappropriation and rapacious greed. Every Nigerian knows what is killing us as a nation and a people and can very well articulate it!

In the last couple of days as OBJ’s open letter to GEJ hit the newsstand, majority of Nigerians characteristically resurrected out of their cocoon and blasted OBJ in one form or fashion. Rightly so, they expressed their opinions. If OBJ is wise enough, he would take some time to read the reactions of Nigerians and gauge the legacy he has left behind. Maybe he still has some time for redemption!
In his article “Jonathan's 'Killer Squad' And Obasanjo's Amnesia-Letter from the Pot to The Kettle” Kayode Ogundamisi wrote “Obasanjo is that man who betrayed every known good cause, he his the cunning fox that would arrive when a war had been won and claim victory, when it comes to 'playing both sides' OBJ is the master of the game. Here is a man who punished hi Yoruba people for democratically rejecting his candidacy knowing fully well how evil he could be…..Obasanjo will go down in Yoruba history as an 'akotileta' a traitor and no matter what others see him for, a real Yoruba would always place him in the darkest side of our history”.

Chido Onumah in his article “Obasanjo’s ‘Satanic’ Letter” said (referring to OBJ) “in his warped thinking, Obasanjo must have reasoned that his only option was to foist on Nigerians the very worst amongst us; people so inept and incapable that after a while we’ll be hankering after Obasanjo. Looking back now, that theory has worked well as Nigerians now look with nostalgia at the Obasanjo era….But we can say the same and even more about the two Obasanjo’s administrations, 1976-1979 and 1999-2007.
Obasanjo seems to have forgotten too soon his squabble with his deputy, Atiku Abubakar, that made nonsense of governance, the political assassinations (including that of Bola Ige, his attorney general and minister of justice) during his macabre rule, the massacres in Odi and Zaki Biam. The less said about corruption (who could forget the wholesale pillage of our patrimony in the name of privatization) the better. Obasanjo laid the foundation on which President Jonathan is building and consolidating. He is acting out the PDP playbook.”

On the other hand, there are few Nigerians that still hold very favorable view about OBJ for his role in aggressively canvassing for foreign investments in Nigeria, opening Nigeria’s ICT market, and the way and manner he managed the Islamic north agitations for Sharia laws. To these Nigerians, OBJ left something that Nigerians are enjoying today knowingly or unknowingly.
After three days of archiving the OBJ’s letter in my hard drive, I decided to sit down and read line by line so I can form an educated opinion. My intention here is not to take sides but to think outside the box.
I will let Nigerians judge the issues OBJ raised in his letter. However, I like to state unequivocally that I respect OBJ for having the courage to write such a letter to GEJ. To me, it shows he’s a man who is bold enough to express his views without fear or favor. Such boldness is hard to find among Nigeria political class and citizenry. While the others were expressing their views behind closed doors (not to offend the new king on the block from giving them “food”), like Nike advert, OBJ did it!

Like the letter I wrote to Governor Oshiomhole on November 16th, 2012 widely published online titled “An Open Letter to Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole of Edo State” I like this letter because it is good for Nigeria. It is high time that those that are occupying the highest position of power in the country started to scrutinize one another. It is part of the democratic process and has a tendency to keep them in check. It is same reason that most American politicians try to stay as clean as possible. Because too many eyes watching them are ready to dig out their dirty linen and display it in public. Checks and balance in government 101!
My expectation is that GEJ should also display his patriotism for Nigeria and manly prowess by writing OBJ to express his views. There is nothing wrong with having divergence of opinion about issues affecting the nation. There are times one cannot help but love America. I am enthralled when Americans will look into the eye ball of their president (whoever) and say with grace and civility “I disagree with you Mr. President because……”

With all the accusations against OBJ coming from the political elite after he wrote his letter, I was wondering why they were not men enough to publically do the same to OBJ while he was running the country? I am just thinking here. To me, it shows they are bunch of self-serving mama’s boys.
In fact, if APC is not full of same recycled political milksops, they should be looking for all the dirty linens of PDP and displaying it for the Nigerian people to see.
Also, if PDP wants to show that they are not political cowards and namby-pambies, they should go after all the “bad bad things” APC party is doing against Nigeria people and present them in Nigeria’s public domain. Nigerians know that looting is the only thing that binds both party members together.
Please Nigerians pray and encourage them to write one another. They know where all the money went and its going. They know who supplies the arms to terrorist, kidnappers and political thugs. When all the letters are in, it will help us to prosecute them and hold them accountable.

Thank you OBJ for writing the second letter. I am waiting for GEJ’s letter, Tinubu’s letter, IBB’s letter, Atiku’s letter, Buhari’s letter and all the others. 2014 should be the year of letters for them. May God bless Nigerians and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Re: Olusegun Obasanjo's Letter to Mr. President
« Reply #4 on: Dec 18, 2013 »
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Dear Baba:

I write this letter by myself out of respect for the fact that you wrote by yourself the important letter you addressed to me.

First, I apologize for the many previous letters that you sent to me that I did not acknowledge. I have to be honest with you: I completely forgot to read them. I confess I did not know there would be so much to do in Aso Rock! Sometimes, Patience helps me, but then, one has to be careful because of State House gossip. People think I do not hear when they refer to her as "Mrs. President."
 
With respect Sir, your letters are usually quite long. The current one is 18 pages, and I am shell-shocked. I started reading it, but NTA had a nice story about the First Lady. Between Bamanga Tukur, G7, APC, Boko Haram, Rivers State, Transformation, I could only read the first page. No, it is not that I am such a slow reader; it is just that simply to justify the letter, you gave 10 reasons, averaging one reason per sheet of paper. Anyway, after they woke me up on Wednesday to inform me the letter had leaked, I finished reading the whole thing.

Baba, you cast me almost as a fictional president, as if I exist only in the imagination. This is far from the truth. I am real: the Obateru of Owu Kingdom, a title given to me by your own people in your presence in 2006. I am not a figment of the imagination. I am on Facebook.

There is no crisis of leadership, and there is no deceit or deception. I am the author of the Transformation Agenda, which is changing Nigeria overnight. I declared a state of emergency in the Northeast, and the soldiers are slaughtering Boko Haram in the streets, from the air, and in the forests. Once my soldiers have killed all of them, the problem is finished. The same optimism must apply to security nationwide. There is nothing to fear: I travel by air. Namadi travels by air. Patience travels by air. The Ministers travel by air. Military and security chiefs travel by air. We know that kidnapping, piracy, abductions and armed robberies are everywhere, but I can assure you we will not be kidnapped or killed.

Baba, you also referred to unemployment. I have done the research: unemployment is like corruption: exaggerated. Look at Asari, he is employed. Look at Timpolo. Look at Doyin Okupe. They are proof I am conquering unemployment.

The same goes for corruption. Only the Americans are fighting corruption more than me, and I will continue to fight it. That is why you do not hear of anyone in my government going to jail, because nobody in my government is corrupt.

Remember, Baba, last January when Oby Ezekwesili alleged monumental corruption by the Yar'Adua/Jonathan administrations, saying we squandered $67 billion? Several months later, she also alleged that since 2005, about N1 trillion has been spent on the National Assembly. Those figures are just like the Central Bank governor saying NNPC has since 2012 failed to remit almost $50 billion to the Federation Account.

Baba, all these numbers are lies because they cannot be true. I have never seen that kind of money in my life. NNPC does not have that kind of money, so how can it be missing? In fact, they do not even have people to count such money; Dizzy would have told me. If we do not ignore the rumours, people will think Nigerian leaders are rumour-mongers. If we had that kind of money, Ngozi would have told me. Ngo is so intelligent, she always knows such things, which is why she did not reply Ezekwesili's rubbish and did not reply Lamido. She has learned to ignore nonsense.

Concerning the economy, have you listened to Ngozi lately, Baba? You were the first to invite her to the government and you know Ngo is a magician with the economy. When she was at the World Bank, she helped the whole world to fix their economy. So I said, my sister, please come home and help to fix our own. By 2018 or 2019 when she would have finished her magic, you will see. Every town in Nigeria will have an airport. Every village will have a university so that everyone will have a university degree. Every unemployed youth will have a car. Every chief will have a new palace funded by the government. We will ban unemployment.

Baba, mine is an active government. We are not a "non-action, cover- up, denial or bribing" government. I have set up dozens of presidential committees: Projects Assessment; Ministries, Departments and Agencies probe; Oil Sector Revenue, headed by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; contracts and procurements; SURE-P, countless committees.

People speak about NNPC investigation, but I have investigated NNPC already and I can tell you it is not corrupt at all. They are doing a wonderful job.

All my committees work hard and they write a lot of reports. One day when I am not travelling, we will start assessing them. By 2017 or 2018 everybody will marvel at our achievements.

It is not that we are not getting results yet. Contrary to what you said, we have statistics showing that Nigeria has become the favorite destination of investors in Africa, with the highest investment of $8.4billion. I put this in my mid-term report this year, my government aims "to attract $20 billion worth of foreign investments in three years," that is, between 2013 and 2016. Baba, your letter shows that you may be a little afraid of the future. I assure you the future is bright.

I don't know where you heard the information about 1000 people on the political watch list and the training of snipers. That is classified information the security people are not going to be happy. Let me just say that if there is a list, it is not up to 1000; I don't know where Abacha trained his killers; and nobody has said anybody will be killed.

Also sir, talks "about possible abuse and misuse of the military and legitimate security apparatus for unwholesome personal and political interest"? This is wrong sir. The military and security are supposed to do the right thing.

Sir, I think leadership by example is overrated. I have refused to declare my assets publicly because Nigerians will start focusing on what I own, not the sacrifices I am making for them. I am not the issue, Nigeria is. Remember I declared my assets recently, in 2007.

Also, remember you put me in office. I did not expect it. I was indicted by Ribadu's committee in 2006 but you wisely destroyed that report and you handpicked Umaru and me. I have not changed; I am still your good luck charm.

Sir, "before it is too late"? Success is never too late or too long? Remember you were the one who said PDP will rule for 100 years. We have at least 87 years left. Politics is dynamic, not static, and the plans of the founding fathers, if not good enough, must be made to fit the realities of today. It is more important for the PDP to be wrong but be in power than to be right but be right but not be in power.

That is why it is in the best interest of Nigeria that I run in 2015. Otherwise we may all have to run away. If not PDP, what? If not me, who?
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