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Buhari’s Spirit That Obasanjo Hates

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Nigeria News takes a look at the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s serial attacks on the administration of Muhammadu Buhari from personal relation perspective.

One devilish feature of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo is that he hardly forgives. Almost all those who offended Obasanjo at one time or the other suffered for their offence.

The chief among them is the former vice president Atiku Abubakar whose political life has since been damaged just because he worked with Obasanjo.

Perhaps if Atiku had remained as the Governor of Adamawa State in 1999 before Obasanjo chose him as his running mate, his public rating would have soared so high to becoming a Nigerian president.

The former president nailed Atiku’s political coffin with his book, “My Watch”. Of course, there was a kangaroo meeting where Obasanjo had purportedly forgiven Atiku ahead of the 2019 presidential election, the former president letters had done greater damage to Atiku’s politics.

I do not think that Obasanjo will ever forgive the Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka for always attacking him, neither will he forgive former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu for always criticizing him.

Unlike Obasanjo, President Muhammadu Buhari may have had a forgiving heart as demonstrated by his gesture to the family of the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola when he posthumously awarded him the highest national honour in Nigeria.

Buhari also declared June 12 as the Democracy Day against the May 29 that was formaly inaugurated by Obasanjo.

Buhari soaked up the pain and put behind him the sin committed against his government by MKO Abiola. He never recalled how Abiola sponsored Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (RETD) who was his Chief of Army Staff to overthrow his government in 1985.

He fought back tears as he decorated MKO posthumously with National honour on June 8, 2018, twenty years after the politician was killed by the allies of Babangida whom many thought was his best friend at the time.

Yet Buhari forgave them all, took the democratic lane to regain the seat he lost 30 years ago.

On this route, he lost elections three times. He went to court and lost three times but never resorted to names calling like Obasanjo who writes letters to protest against government policies that will not favour him and his cronies.

Obasanjo has never hidden his hatred for June 12 and the event that associated with it. Despite calls that his government should immortalize MKO and recognize June 12 as the authentic Democracy Day, Obasanjo refused to do so.

He chose to celebrate himself rather than the man who paved way for his enthronement. And to show his anger again, Obasanjo came up with a serious allegation that Buhari’s government was trying to Islamize and “Fulanise” Nigeria.

Perhaps this may be true, following the acquisition of Amplitude Modulation Radio Frequency for Herdsmen by this government but to many public analysts, saying that Buhari was trying to “Fulanise Nigeria is a clear show of animosity by Obasanjo and of course a way to protest against June 12 and the man who made the date a memorable one, Chief MKO Abiola.

But Obasanjo should be relieved a bit for having the backing of the Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka on the “Fulanisation” agenda of Buhari’s government.

Soyinka noted at the forum organised by UBA on Tuesday that Nigerians should not throw away the message being passed by Obasanjo but must examine it closely saying that the spate of insecurity in the country could suggest an interior motive of the current government to “Fulanise” the country.

1 Comment

  1. Oluwole

    May 26, 2019 at 7:16 PM

    The people that caused our problems are the ones crying. They should be ashamed of their actions and inaction. The country was without any purposeful direction since 1992. Agitation, democracy and power occupied our minds till 1999. When democracy started in 1999, instead of the elected to do the needful they were busy appropriating and misappropriating. Population was growing at 2.5% and GDP was not growing at a commensurate rate. By 2015, the population had ballooned, the youths have no means of survival criminality follows. Islamisation and Fulanisation are diversionary. Armed robbery had always been with us, kidnapping for survival started in the East with it at its peak in 2010. South South deployed terrorism at will with the adventure democracy and the North has copied it. Let us address youth unemployment and politicians should stop taking advantage of the helplessness of the youth. Massive investment in cotton family for clothing, leather for shoe and shoe accessories and food production will reduce youth unemployment and criminality.

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