Nigeria News: Battle of The Generals Over “Power”
Nigeria News takes a look at the recent jibe by President Muhammadu Buhari on former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
President Muhammadu Buhari must have kept that low blow for a long time. He finally threw it on Tuesday against his former boss and the current opponent in the ring, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
Buhari had been enduring the jabs, hooks from many of the retired generals until yesterday when he could not tolerate the humiliation anymore.
Mr President, no doubt has been injured but before he would receive knockout, he quickly threw a low blow. Though there is no referee in this ring to count him out, Buhari will continue the fight.
He knew it was a low blow and would be ready to suffer more punishments from his opponents. He had thrown a jibe that former President Obasanjo could not stomach.
That the former president spent $16 billion on power project between 1999 and 2007 and there was nothing to show for it. It is true of course, Nigeria has remained in perpetual darkness over the years despite huge funds expended on electricity.
But Obasanjo always takes time to explain his role in the project and how he has been exonerated by the National Assembly of wrongdoing.
The former president wrote in his book, “My Watch” that he did nothing wrong about the power project and the spending. He actually devoted four chapters of “My Watch”; 41, 42, 43 and 47 to explain his innocence over the power project.
Obasanjo stated how the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had thoroughly investigated the issue and found him to be innocent, yet Buhari joined other critics to speak about the $16 billion power project.
Why not? Buhari also has right to kick when the blow is becoming too hot and damaging to his personality and government.
Perhaps president Buhari would have spared Obasanjo if the former president did not take his case too far. Obasanjo had advised Buhari not to run for the second term but the president had refused. Obasanjo joined hands with Coalition for Nigeria Movement to work against Buhari; Obasanjo formed Africa Democratic Congress, ADC to contest against Buhari.
All these moves did not move Buhari until Obasanjo ran to the Pan Yoruba Socio-Cultural group, Afenifere for support against Buhari’s emergence in 2019.
It appears that Buhari is scared now that the case is getting to the core Yoruba group. He would not wait to be floored. He dealt a low blow to Obasanjo.
“I’m ready for probe”, the former president echoed. I am not sure that Buhari would instigate an investigation of $16 billion against Obasanjo’s government.
It is the battle of the generals, the battle between the present president and his former boss, Obasanjo. The probe may not be possible because Buhari is not a saint. He was the Minister of Petroleum under the military rule of Obasanjo between 1976 and 1979.
It was gathered then that some $2.1b developed wings at the petroleum sector headed by Buhari. Some questions may be asked over this if this regime tries to probe Obasanjo. Let Buhari’s statement live as a taunt but not as a probe.