10 Things You Should Know From Obasanjo’s Letter To President Buhari
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to jettison his quest for re-election in the 2019 poll.
Obasanjo in a 13-page statement titled: ‘THE WAY OUT: A CLARION CALL FOR COALITION FOR NIGERIA MOVEMENT, said the President has performed below expectations and “needs a dignified and honourable dismount” from leading the country.
Obasanjo is angry and frustrated with the position of the country under Baba Daura's watch..
Bounce News highlights 10 things from the letter below.
1. Buhari is weak
The former President describes Buhari as too weak in knowledge of economics and foreign affairs to rule Nigeria.
He is angry with Buhari for not selecting the right people to guide him in these areas.
“I knew President Buhari before he became President and said that he is weak in the knowledge and understanding of the economy but I thought that he could make use of good Nigerians in that area that could help.
“Although, I know that you cannot give what you don’t have and that economy does not obey military order. You have to give it what it takes in the short-, medium- and long-term. Then, it would move. I know his weakness in understanding and playing in the foreign affairs sector and again, there are many Nigerians that could be used in that area as well. They have knowledge and experience that could be deployed for the good of Nigeria."
2. Buhari’ s war on corruption 'a ruse'
The former President describes Buhari’s war on corruption as selective.
“There were serious allegations of round-tripping against some inner caucus of the Presidency which would seem to have been condoned. I wonder if such actions do not amount to corruption and financial crime, then what is it? Culture of condonation and turning blind eye will cover up rather than clean up. And going to justice must be with clean hands.
3. Buhari’s inability to tackle the herdsmen attacks head on
Obasanjo blamed Buhari for his poor handling of the herdsmen crises in the northern part of Nigeria.
“The herdsmen/crop farmers issue is being wittingly or unwittingly allowed to turn sour and messy. It is no credit to the Federal Government that the herdsmen rampage continues with careless abandon and without finding an effective solution to it.
"The herdsmen/crop farmers dichotomy should not be left on the political platform of blame game; the Federal Government must take the lead in bringing about solution that protects life and properties of herdsmen and crop farmers alike and for them to live amicably in the same community."
4. Nepotism is the order of the day in Buhari’s government
“But there are other areas where President Buhari has come out more glaringly than most of us thought we knew about him. One is nepotic deployment bordering on clannishness and inability to bring discipline to bear on errant members of his nepotic court. This has grave consequences on performance of his government to the detriment of the nation.
"It would appear that national interest was being sacrificed on the altar of nepotic interest. What does one make of a case like that of Maina: collusion, condonation, ineptitude, incompetence, dereliction of responsibility or kinship and friendship on the part of those who should have taken visible and deterrent disciplinary action? How many similar cases are buried, ignored or covered up and not yet in the glare of the media and the public?"
5. Buhari’s lack of understanding of the dynamics of internal politics
Obasanjo being a former President believes Buhari lacks understanding of politics in za other room.
“His lack of understanding of internal politics has led to wittingly or unwittingly making the nation more divided and inequality has widened and become more pronounced. It also has effect on general national security."
6. Buck passing reigns supreme under Buhari
Obasanjo is angry with Buhari for always blaming others for his shortcomings.
"He wrote: For instance, blaming the Governor of the Central Bank for devaluation of the naira by 70% or so and blaming past governments for it, is to say the least, not accepting one’s own responsibility. Let nobody deceive us, economy feeds on politics and because our politics is depressing, our economy is even more depressing today. If things were good, President Buhari would not need to come in.
"He was voted to fix things that were bad and not engage in the blame game. Our Constitution is very clear, one of the cardinal responsibilities of the President is the management of the economy of which the value of the naira forms an integral part.
7. Buhari needs rest
The former President advised Buhari to take a dignified rest after coming out hale and hearty from the sickness that almost took his life.
He urged him not to take his luck too far.
"Whatever may be the state of President Buhari’s health today, he should neither over-push his luck nor over-tax the patience and tolerance of Nigerians for him, no matter what his self-serving, so-called advisers, who would claim that they love him more than God loves him and that without him, there would be no Nigeria say.
"President Buhari needs a dignified and honourable dismount from the horse. He needs to have time to reflect, refurbish physically and recoup and after appropriate rest, once again, join the stock of Nigerian leaders whose experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the side line for the good of the country. His place in history is already assured. Without impaired health and strain of age, running the affairs of Nigeria is a 25/7 affair, not 24/7.
8. Buhari’s best is not good enough
While acknowledging that Buhari and his team have tried, Obasanjo said what they have done is not good enough for the country.
"Let the administration and its political party platform agree with the rest of us that what they have done and what they are capable of doing is not good enough for us.
"They have given as best as they have and as best as they can give. Nigeria deserves and urgently needs better than what they have given or what we know they are capable of giving.
"To ask them to give more will be unrealistic and will only sentence Nigeria to a prison term of four years if not destroy it beyond the possibility of an early recovery and substantial growth.
9. PDP and APC are the same
Obasanjo also took his old political party, the PDP, to the cleaners.
"I have had occasion in the past to say that the two main political parties – APC and PDP – were wobbling. I must reiterate that nothing has happened to convince me otherwise. If anything, I am reinforced in my conviction. The recent show of PDP must give grave and great concern to lovers of Nigeria. To claim, as has been credited to the chief kingmaker of PDP, that for procuring the Supreme Court judgement for his faction of the Party, he must dictate the tune all the way and this is indeed fraught with danger.
10. The ex-president is prepared for any criticisms over his letter to Buhari and even prepared to give his life to fight a cause.
"I know that praise-singers and hired attackers may be raised up against me for verbal or even physical attack but if I can withstand undeserved imprisonment and was ready to shed my blood by standing for Nigeria, I will consider no sacrifice too great to make for the good of Nigeria at any time. No human leader is expected to be personally strong or self-sufficient in all aspects of governance."