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Who Will Save Obasanjo?

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Nigeria News takes a look at the various steps already taken by ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from the second term as he raised the alarm of a plot to jail him by FG

Not even his people, the Yorubas of southwest Nigeria will save him. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was never a member of the Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, a chieftain of the group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo said a few days ago.

Obasanjo, though a national leader, he had denied his people on so many occasions for his personal agenda.

His holier than thou attitude has made many of his clans to stay away from him but because he is from a cultured race, he has been accorded his due respect as an elder and one of the prominent sons of the Yoruba race.

Twice he had the opportunity to do justice to the course of his race, twice he denied it and now that his voice on national issues is becoming too critical to bear by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration, Obasanjo raised the alarm.

Yes, it was gathered that Obasanjo had been put on security watchlist by the Federal Government, possibly to keep his mouth shut. The former president cried out, adding that Buhari was planning to send him to jail.

Who will save Obasanjo? I think Obasanjo is the only one that can save himself. And the best way to do that is keeping quiet until Buhari returns for the second term.

The former president ran to the leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, Ondo State sometimes ago to sell his idea of African Democratic Congress, ADC and why the group should join his movement to stop Buhari.

But a chieftain of the Afenifere, Chief Adebanjo is of the opinion that Obasanjo does not belong to the Afenifere not after he denied the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo the opportunity to become Nigeria president.

Obasanjo as a military ruler supervised the 1979 election that saw Alhaji Shehu Shagari emerged as the country president. In 1983, Awolowo was technically rigged out of the election as Shagari returned for the second term.

The Shagari’s government was overthrown by the military junta of Muhammadu Buhari. However, there were military coups that followed Buhari’s government, which eventually led to the formation of two political parties, the Social Democratic Party, SDP and the National Republican Convention, NRC.

These were the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida’s parties that actually produced Chief MKO Abiola, the eventful winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election. Obasanjo never supported MKO Abiola. He said he was not the Messiah to save Nigeria just as he denied Awolowo.

And when the military government of Gen. Sani Abacha framed Obasanjo up, jailed him and nearly killed him in prison, many Nigerians rose to defend him. A human right activist, Dr Beko Ransom Kuti was arrested and detained for about three years by the Abacha government for fighting for Obasanjo.

Obasanjo was lucky as Abacha and Abiola’s sudden death brought him on board. He was released from the prison and used by the military cabals to pacify the Yorubas.

In the presidential election of 1999, two Yoruba candidates contested, Chief Olu Falae of the Alliance for Democracy, “an Afenifere political platform” and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Obasanjo failed woefully in the southwest but went on to win other regions to become Nigeria president.

But it must be noted here that through his eight years, Obasanjo never remembered those who were jailed because of him. He never bothered to immortalize MKO Abiola on whose blood he stepped to become president.

Obasanjo chose to celebrate democracy day on May 29, the day he was inaugurated as president. However, last week, Buhari remedied the injustice done to MKO Abiola. He did not only honoured him with GCFR posthumously, the president declared June 12 as democracy day.

Is it to spite Obasanjo? No, it is to right the wrong of Obasanjo. But who will save Obasanjo now as the ex-president raises alarm about Buhari’s jail threat?

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