The oracle has spoken, he who has ears, let him hear.

Nigeria's former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said his blistering open letter to Buhari was not borne of malice or ‘bad belle’ but out of his deep concern for the situation in the country.

He said this on Thursday at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Oke Ilewo area of Abeokuta, shortly after the Coalition for Nigeria Movement was inaugurated in Ogun State.

He was registered as a member of the movement, after formally filling the registration form.

Obasanjo’s registration came almost 24 hours after the CNM was inaugurated in Abuja.

The former president while addressing scores of potential members who had gathered at the venue, said he was surprised that many Nigerians were worried that he had exchange pleasantries with President Buhari at the African Unity summit at Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, few days after he wrote the open letter to him(Buhari).

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He noted that he never condemned the Buhari-led administration in totality, as he explained he gave him commendation in areas where it had performed well.

He said, “Last week, I issued a statement which I did not do lightly or frivolously but out of deep concern for the situation of our country.

“I wonder why some Nigerians were worried why I had to pay respect to the Nigerian President at Addis Ababa. That’s my own upbringing as a well-born and bred Yoruba boy.

“That doesn’t mean that what I have said about the President, which I did not say out of bitterness and hatred.  It is evidence that the President has performed, in some areas, good enough.

”In other areas not good and a proper advice which he may take and he may not take".


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