Presidency slams OBJ over criticism, says ex-president govt was corrupt


The Presidency criticized former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday for calling Nigerians’ seven years under President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) “terrible” and “hell on earth.”

It labeled Obasanjo’s administration as corrupt and added that the outgoing president was morally bankrupt.

Along with other offenses committed while in government, the Presidency claimed that Obasanjo lied to the South-East to win support from 1999 to 2007.

With his criticism of the Buhari administration on Sunday, the elder statesman stoked a hornet’s nest. He noted that the country was currently dealing with widespread and mind-numbing insecurity, rudderless leadership, mismanagement of diversity, pervasive corruption, and poor economic policies, which he claimed had led to extreme poverty and massive unemployment and galloping inflation.

The All Progressives Congress, Peoples Democratic Party, Social Democratic Party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, and the African Action Alliance all criticized Obasanjo for his lengthy New Year’s message in which he endorsed Labour Party candidate Peter Obi, dismissing it as having little political significance.

However, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu said in a statement on Monday in response to the vicious criticism of Buhari that the Owu chief “won’t stop being jealous of anyone who beats him to a new record in the nation’s development process,” noting that Buhari is ahead of Obasanjo in all areas of national development.

This, he claimed, is a capital offence in the eyes of the former president.

Former President Obasanjo is so well known to everyone that no one needs to describe who he is, according to Shehu, who made the assertion captioned, “Morally filthy Obasanjo assaults leaders out of exasperation.” But we’d like to highlight four points: One is that he won’t stop criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari because the outgoing leader will never stop being envious of anyone who surpasses him in the country’s growth.

“President Buhari is ahead of Chief Obasanjo in every area of national progress, and to do that is a cardinal offense to Obasanjo, who believes that he is the only person capable of leading Nigeria and that there will never be anyone greater than him.

After three decades of broken promises, President Buhari recently finished the Second Niger Bridge, a structure of the highest caliber. It is now waiting to be put into service. In his first tenure as president after being elected, Obasanjo planted the bridge’s sod, but construction never began.

He went back to the construction site to turn the sod for the bridge a second time when he ran for re-election for a second term in office. In full view of the chiefs and oracles in his palace, Obasanjo told the foremost South-East traditional ruler that he was a liar when the frank and learned Obi of Onitsha reminded him that he had done this in the past.

The former President, according to a presidential advisor, turned down the opportunity to build the Second Niger Bridge despite turning the sod twice.

“Obasanjo misled the South-East in order to win their support. Although President Buhari did not win their support, he still built the bridge because he thought it was the right thing to do, said Garba.



Vincent Paul

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