President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to comments made by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in which the former president likened the incumbent administration to the one run by former dictator, Sani Abacha. In a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the presidency said Obasanjo needs “a good doctor for good treatment.”
“The sixteen-page letter the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari and released this afternoon is the last push by desperate politicians who can’t handle the President politically and have resorted to subterfuge,” the statement said.
The messages for Obasanjo:
1. He is sick: “Our first message to the former President is that he needs a good doctor for good treatment and to say to him, ‘Get well soon.'” the statement said. There is sick irony in the presidency making allusions about another person’s health considering that President Muhammadu Buhari is the one – more than anyone else – who has been frequently sick in the past few years. You would think the president’s team would avoid sick barbs.
2. He loves interfering: The statement pointed out that since Obasanjo left office in 1979, he has not let any succeeding leader of the country function freely, including ones he allegedly “handpicked against all known rules drawn up by the party that put him in the office of the President.” The statement added that in “dealing with any leader that he [Obasanjo] failed to control, he resorted to these puerile attacks.”
It is interesting that the presidency is making this claim right now. When Obasanjo made similar allegations against former president Goodluck Jonathan, the APC cheered him on.
3. He is jealous: “Chief Obasanjo is jealous because President Buhari has more esteem than him and the sooner he learns to respect him the better,” the presidency said.
4. He will be taught a lesson: The presidency said that the 2019 elections will be free and fair as promised by President Buhari. “What Chief Obasanjo and his co-travelers in the PDP should expect is that from the outcome, we will teach them a political lesson that they will never forget. The margin will be much bigger than we had in 2015.”
5. He is a liar: The Presidency denied claims that it has recruited collation officers who are already awarding results based on their projects to actualize Buhari’s self-succession agenda. The statement said that the accusation is “not only utterly false but a copious note from the book on the failed third term agenda of President Obasanjo… We are unable to get the words to describe a 90-year old liar, except to say that by the publication of this tissue of lies against the President, he Obasanjo, not the President will fall from everyone’s esteem.”
Important to point out that Obasanjo is 81 years old and not 90 as falsely claimed by the presidency.
6. He is a coward: In responding to Obasanjo’s attack on the president’s alleged lopsided fight against corruption, the presidency said Obasanjo’s criticism is proof that the fight is succeeding. The statement said Obasanjo is “jittery that he will be called to account” for the $16 billion he allegedly took to “supply electric power yet failed to add a single megawatt.” The statement directly called Obasanjo a coward.
7. He is confused: The presidency accused Obasanjo of “manifesting a confused state of mind” by blaming President Buhari for the fall of Libya into a failed state and the unholy alliance between the Boko Haram terrorists and the ISI, while at the same time calling it an African problem.