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‘You have betrayed God and Nigerians.’ – Olusegun Obasanjo blasts President Goodluck Jonathan | Read Excerpts from the 18-Page Letter

Olusegun-Obasanjo-President-Goodluck-Ebele-Jonathan-December-2013-BellaNaija-600x402The former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo reportedly sent the present Head of States President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan an 18-page letter, accusing him of ineptitude and taking actions calculated at destroying Nigeria.

Premium Times is reporting that it has exclusively obtained the letter dated Monday 2nd December 2013. The full letter will be made available for download soon. Read Excerpts from the 18-page letter by the news publication below:

Nigeria is bleeding and the hemorrhage must be stopped.

He said Mr. Jonathan has failed to deliver on his promises to the Nigerian people, stem corruption, promote national unity and strengthen national security.

He said in the letter titled “Before it is too late” that rather than take steps to advance Nigeria’s interest and up the standards of living of Nigerians, Mr. Jonathan had betrayed God and the Nigerian people that brought him to power, and has been pursuing selfish personal and political interests based on advice he receives from “self-centered aides”.

In the detailed letter, dripping of anger, frustration and what appears a genuine concern to rescue a nation on the brink, Mr. Obasanjo lamented that Mr. Jonathan had become terribly divisive and clannish, destroying his own party, polarizing the country along regional and religious lines and ridiculing Nigeria in the comity of nations.

Without mincing words, Mr. Obasanjo blamed Mr. Jonathan for the crises tearing the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, apart.

He said apart from using party chairman Bamanga Tukur to cause multiple crises and divide the ranks of the party, the president’s failure to keep a promise he made not to seek a second term is also generating tension within the ruling party.

“It would be unfair to continue to level full blames on the Chairman (Tukur) for all that goes wrong with the party,” Mr. Obasanjo said. “The chairman is playing the tune dictated by the paymaster (Jonathan). But the paymaster is acting for a definitive purpose for which deceit and deception seem to be the major ingredients.”

“Up till two months ago, Mr. President, you told me that you have not told anybody that you would contest in 2015. I quickly pointed out to you that the signs and the measures on the ground do not tally with your statement. You said the same to one other person who shared his observation with me. And only a fool would believe that statement you made to me judging by what is going on. I must say it is not ingenious. You may wish to pursue a more credible and more honorable path.”

The former President said Mr. Jonathan told him before the 2011 election he would not seek a second term, and made the same promise to governors, party stakeholders and Nigerians.

The president’s refusal to keep that promise cast him as a man without honour, Mr. Obasanjo said.

Saying it would be “fatally morally flawed” for Mr. Jonathan to contest in 2015, Mr. Obasanjo added, “As a leader, two things you must cherish and hold dear among others are trust and honour both of which are important ingredients of character. I will want to see anyone in the Office of the Presidency of Nigeria as a man or woman who can be trusted, a person of honour in his words and character.”

Mr. Obasanjo also accused Mr. Jonathan of anti-party conducts – supporting opposition parties’ candidates in governorship elections in Lagos, Ondo, Edo and Anambra states at the detriment of PDP’s own candidates –, and of pitting party members against one another.

Saying the President had failed to address the underlying causes of the Boko Haram menace, Mr. Obasanjo urged Mr. Jonathan to adopt a carrot and stick approach in dealing with the insurgency explaining that “conventional military actions based on standard phases of military operations alone will not permanently and effectively deal with the issue of Boko Haram”.

Mr. Obasanjo also tackled Mr. Jonathan for allegedly being clannish. “For you to allow yourself to be “possessed”, so to say, to the exclusion of most of the rest of Nigerians as an “Ijaw man” is a mistake that should never have been allowed to happen. Yes, you have to be born in one part of Nigeria to be Nigerian if not naturalized but the Nigerian President must be above ethnic factionalism. And those who prop you up as of, and for ‘Ijaw nation’ are not your friends genuinely, not friends of Nigeria or friends of “Ijaw nation” they tout about.

“To allow or tacitly encourage people of “Ijaw nation” to throw insults on other Nigerians from other parts of the country and threaten fire and brimstone to protect your interest as an Ijaw man is myopic and you’re not openly quieting them is even more unfortunate.

Two Ijaw men, ex-militant Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, and a former federal commissioner for information, Edwin Clark, who carries himself around as the political godfather of the president, are known to talk down on people opposed to the president.

Mr. Obasanjo also accused Mr. Jonathan of placing over 1000 Nigerians on political watch list and “training snipers and other armed personnel secretly and clandestinely acquiring weapons to match for political purposes like Abacha and training them where Abacha trained his killers”.

He wondered why the Presidency was providing assistance for a murderer to evade justice.

“Presidential assistance for a murderer to evade justice and presidential delegation to welcome him home can only be in bad taste generally but particularly to the family of his victim,” Mr. Obasanjo said. “Assisting criminals to evade justice cannot be part of the job of the presidency. Or, as it is viewed in some quarters, is he being recruited to do for you what he had done for Abacha in the past? Hopefully, he should have learned his lesson. Let us continue to watch.”

Mr. Obasanjo did not mention the name of the murderer he accused the President of protecting but he seems to be referring to Hamza Al-Mustapha, a former security aide to late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, who is facing trial for allegedly masterminding the killing of Kudirat Abiola, the wife of Moshood Abiola, the winner of the annulled 1993 presidential election.

Mr. Al-Mustapha was freed by the appeal court in July but the Lagos state government has since appealed the judgment at the Supreme Court.

The former President also called on the National Assembly to rise up and take decisive action over the recent allegation in the country that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation failed to remit billions of dollars in proceeds of crude oil sales to the federation account.

“This allegation will not fly away by non-action, cover-up, denial or bribing possible investigators,” Mr. Obasanjo told the President. “Please deal with this allegation transparently and let the truth be known.”

“The dramatis personae in this allegation and who they are working for will one day be public knowledge. Those who know are watching if the National Assembly will not be accomplice in the heinous crime and naked grand corruption. May God grant you the grace for at least one effective corrective action against high corruption which seems to stink all around you in your government.”

Mr. Obasanjo said he wrote the letter in the national interest, saying nothing, at this stage of his life, would prevent him from standing up for whatever he considers to be in the best interest of Nigeria, Africa and the world.

He said he was ready for whatever backlash his letter would provoke from the presidency.

“Knowing what happens around you most of which you know of and condone or deny, this letter will provoke cacophony from hired and unhired attackers but I will maintain my serenity because by this letter, I have done my duty to you as I have always done, to your government, to the party, PDP, and to our country, Nigeria…” Mr. Obasanjo 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.”

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17 Comments

  1. anderson

     /  December 11, 2013

    Wow. What insight. Remind me again why he’s suddenly seeing clearly “…at this stage of his life”?

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  2. iphie

     /  December 11, 2013

    What a nation!!Obasanjo had his chance,n did he stop corruption during dat period?NO!!!dis whole advice is only stemming frm d apparent disintegration of PDP!pls take several seats back My former president,Nigerians thought u were goin to be d next Nelson Mandela,u came out of jail,became our president n ife na ebe,na ebe.u travelled to talk to sm of d key figures in d boko Haram sect,everyone waited thinking smthn good will cm out of it n it never did…all of u r jst monsters n I’d rather stick to GEJ than trust u lot!u obviously have a candidate lined up for 2015 elections,dats y ur worried,nt like u love Nigeria so much!

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  3. straight to the point. OBJ

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  4. iphie

     /  December 11, 2013

    Thank u Anderson!!hw come he didn’t reason like dis when he was in power??there’s always smthn dat motivates dem,always smthn they want frm Nigeria,always!!

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  5. ary

     /  December 11, 2013

    Lol. This aint funny, but it makes me laugh. I think the guy is making some sense, but why now? And, I don’t know, but isn’t this a case of pot calling kettle black?

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    • Nwukabu Danjuma

       /  December 12, 2013

      Why now? Because Nigeria has never had as much potential as it has today yet every single sector is falling apart; from defense to education to healthcare to the economy. If Nigeria is not turned around now there will be no Nigeria in the future.
      While the nation is falling apart our leaders are playing ten-ten and forever probing missing money. In this day and age Universities should not be going on strike, tribalism and ethnic sentiments should not be at their peak, corruption should not be this bad, development should be ongoing, and constantly electricity and running water should be rights not privileges. The state Nigeria is in really pains me. You need to talk to other people about how their countries are run, Dubai was once in the same condition as Nigeria yet look where they are today.
      Obasanjo may not be in the position to condemn Jonathan, but he has raised issues Jonathan should seriously look into if he wants Nigeria to survive. Whether he is the pot or kettle or cause of the problem, most of what he has said is true and these issues need to be addressed.

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  6. anyibaba

     /  December 11, 2013

    He ran for 2terms, there was much hoopla when he contested for the 2nd term and an even bigger hoopla when he wanted to contest the third time. What gives him the moral justification to judge another? The party is in turmoil because they don’t want the president to contest. I say good riddance, let them go contest on another platform.

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  7. Yemie

     /  December 11, 2013

    I do love OBJ and I know he has great leadership potentials, which is more than I can say for Jonathan. What I do not understand however is why he’s suddenly crying foul when he had a chance, a while back to put that leadership quality to maximum use and he failed woefully for 8 good years. Like Ary rightly said, this is a classical case of the pot calling the kettle black. You simply cannot be casting aspersions at someone when you, yourself did not make much of an impact when you had more than enough chance to do so.

    I just don’t plain get the nerves of these our leaders sha, and this one don pass letter o, na theses. Na dem sabi, let ’em knock themselves out while they’re at it. Psst!

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  8. iphie

     /  December 11, 2013

    @Yemie..they think we suffer frm amnesia dats y they hv d nerve!!@Ary..exactly a typical example of kettle calling a pot black.dis same Obj had d means,d power n d platform to change things in dis country…r we where we want to be in dis country??NOPE!!did d downhill spiral start with GEJ??NOPE!! I can’t n won’t believe these “well meaning” nigerians r genuine until smone dat indeed brought change writes a letter

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    • Yemie

       /  December 11, 2013

      @ Iphie. Don’t mind them dear, the joke’s on them and we are the ones laughing.

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  9. Baba Iyabo

     /  December 11, 2013

    Hmmn. Walter, how did you see the contents of the letter i wrote to Ebele? I am suspecting you oo. You are the one that is causing disintegration in PDP abi??

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  10. manny

     /  December 12, 2013

    Its about missed opportunities. He has been watching the news and has seen how nelson mandela is being celebrated all over the world for his heroism. Realizing what he missed, he is trying to make amends. Shame! Obj, you ruled Nigeria TWICE, so you had your chance. You are a chapter Nigerians have closed. And we wud like to keep it that way.

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  11. Torpedoezz

     /  December 12, 2013

    Nigerian politics has thought me several lessons. Lesson number one: never trust a politician; I wouldn’t be surprised if OBJ and president Jonathan are currently smiling and making small talk over a glass of wine. Lesson number two: there is always a hidden agenda; call me a sceptic, but OBJ’s letter reeks of hypocrisy. Finally, Mr. President, forget the messenger and focus on the message, no matter his motives, he makes several valid points.

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  12. mesi

     /  December 12, 2013

    Smh. Nigerians have a special breed of politicians. First off, he is better than Buhari. That human being is still trying to force himself back into the government. Smh. At his age. Same with IBB who had the twerking nerve to contest as a presidential aspirant in the last elections.
    Some of OBJ’s allegations are valid, tho I feel that a man in his position should do more than just talk about the problem.
    If GEJ wants to go for a second term, by all means, let him. If OBJ’s candidate is good enough, he will be voted for. Shuo.

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