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Why Obasanjo’s Position Must Not Be Trivialised

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Nigeria News takes a look at the position of former president Olusegun Obasanjo on President Muhammadu Buhari.

Those who hated former President Olusegun Obasanjo with passion are his friends now. But this friendship, I know very sure is for this season after which they will remember his bad pasts and why he should never be celebrated.

Groups like the Pan-Yoruba Social Cultural and the Ohanaeze are friends of Obasanjo now because he is speaking their minds against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

These were the same set of groups who criticized Obasanjo for impeaching the former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose over faking a poultry farm; they were those who tagged Obasanjo as dictator for removing former Governor Rasheed Ladoja of Oyo State, using thugs; they equally condemned Obasanjo for running down Odi community in Bayelsa and criticized him for impeaching two senate presidents before the end of his two-term tenure. They have suddenly become his friends.

In fact, these set of people condemned Obasanjo for withholding Lagos State Local Government funds for eight years but today, the former president is speaking their minds since it is about forcing Buhari out of power. The former president has the rights anyway but one must remember that Saint Obasanjo has his pasts as a sinner and an architect of aborted third term agenda.

This of course does not mean that Obasanjo has no facts that this government has not done well. It is a common adage that what an old man sees when he sits on a stool, if a young lad climbs a tree, he still won’t see it.

Obasanjo’s position should be looked into but not his personality now. Trivialising Obasanjo’s position, all in the name of party politics is like throwing away a baby with the bathwater.

One cannot deny the fact that we have a gravely ill man as our president in the saddle, being foisted on us by a cabal that doesn’t care if the country goes up in flames.

Obasanjo is definitely not the enemy within, you need to look further inwards to seek the truth.

Yes, I agree that Obasanjo is no saint, but to ignore his latest outburst as mere tantrums may spell bigger doom for the country.

The presidency in a swift reply to Obasanjo’s news conference urged him to seek a doctor, adding that the former president must be sick to have called the All Progressives Congress and the Independent National Electoral Commission to order against the plot to rig the coming election.

Obasanjo had said at the press conference that he had lost confidence in INEC and that the APC was planning to rig the election in February.

Obasanjo Likened Buhari’s regime to that of the maximum ruler, Gen. Sani Abacha who jailed many critics of his government.

However, putting Obasanjo and Buhari side by side, the incumbent president has tolerated more than Obasanjo, judging by what is on the ground now. Buhari, despite his alleged despotic action could not instigate the impeachment of the President of the Senate Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara who had since decamped from the APC to the opposition PDP.

Buhari had allowed Fayose to leave despite the various attacks he suffered from the former Ekiti State Governor. But Buhari has also condoned the corrupt cabals in his cabinet. Obasanjo never tolerated this. He molested his Inspector General of Police, Tafa Balogun and removed ministers who were found to be corrupt in his administration.

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