Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is not always far from making controversial comments.

He has again taken a snipe at his supposed political son and former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

Obasanjo in the book, Against the Run of Play: How an Incumbent President was Defeated in Nigeria, written by former presidential spokesman, Segun Adeniyi, said that former President Goodluck Jonathan from his first days as President showed he was too small for the office.

He also revealed that Jonathan was gripped by the fear that Buhari, as president, would jail him or lead him to an early grave. 

In the 204-page book, Obasanjo in the book is quoted as saying that following Umaru Yar’Adua’s death in 2010, he endorsed Jonathan for the 2011 presidential election principally to solve the problems of minority agitation in Nigeria. 

The former President said: “I saw the emergence of Jonathan as an opportunity to solve the problem of minority agitation. The three majority ethnic groups in Nigeria can always sort themselves out but not so for the minority. A good example is my state here in Ogun.

“Despite the best of intentions, nobody from Ogun West has been able to become governor because of this minority issue and it will take a conscious effort to make it happen. So, it was in the context of that I had to plead with prominent people in the North to allow Jonathan run for a term.”

Obasanjo pointed out that there were certain things Jonathan did that fell below his expectations as a former president. 

“There were certain decisions taken by Jonathan very early in his administration that pointed to the fact that the office was bigger than him and one of them was the appointment of a petroleum minister,” he said. 

According to Obasanjo, he cautioned Jonathan not to appoint Diezani Alison-Madueke to such a sensitive sector but the president ignored his counsel.