When the lion roars, the jungle quivers.

Whenever former president Olusegun Obasanjo writes an open letter to an incumbent president especially in the build up to an election, it triggers signs of doom and defeat.

But almost 24 hours after Obasanjo wrote an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidency is yet to respond.

The Presidency said it would not react to Obasanjo’s statement.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this when asked about the president's response.

“If your question is on former President Obasanjo, we will not react,” Shehu said.

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The former president on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.

Obasanjo in a blistering and excoriating 13-page letter said Buhari has performed below expectation.

In the letter, entitled “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement,” Obasanjo said instead of seeking a second term, Buhari should step back and join the league of the country’s former leaders.

Obasanjo said Buhari’s government has been infected with “lice of poor performance in government – poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening inequality.

“With such lice of general and specific poor performance and crying poverty with us, our fingers will not be dry of ‘blood’,” he added.


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