Heed My Father’s Advice And Quit, Obasanjo’s Daughter Tells Buhari

Senator-Iyabo-Obasanjo

Iyabo Obasanjo

President Olusegun Obasanjo’s daughter, Iyabo Obasanjo, has categorically told President Muhammadu Buhari to heed the good counsel on his father and disembark from power.

The former Nigerian senator said this on Saturday in a statement she personally signed.

She blasted accused the Buhari government of mischievously recirculating her 2013 letter to her father, instead of responding to the real issues her father had raised in his letter to the president.

Social media users have been recirculating the former senator’s letter to her father in 2013 in which she criticised the former president.

In his damning letter, the former president had accused the Buhari of incompetence, nepotism, corruption and advised Mr. Buhari not to seek reelection in 2019.

Ms. Obasanjo supported her father, saying that he is “one of the most brilliant leaders to ever emerge in modern Africa”.

According to her, those who should “benefit from the advise and admonishment of one of the most brilliant leaders to ever emerge in modern Africa have resorted to a cheap tactic that further reiterates the message that they found abhorrent enough to start looking for unconnected issues to put together to make their point.”

She asked Buhari to listen to calls for him to step aside in 2019.

“The wise should listen wherever help and advice comes from.

“Those who re-published the old letter should have spent time to respond to the content of the said statement which called for President Buhari to retire in 2019,” she said.

Mr. Buhari’s failing health condition should dissuade him from running in 2019, she added.

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  1. FROM OBASANJO TO BUHARI WITH LOVE?

    I must confess, I’m not a fan of former President Olusegun Obasanjo for good reasons which I’ll explain later.
    This response however is prompted by Obasanjo’s recent advice to President Muhammadu Buhari that he should not seek a second term in office in 2019, I beg to disagree with father and daughter for many good reasons which I will also explain later.

    In Obasanjo’s open letter to Buhari where he offered his advise to him, he also expressed his views on the following burning national issues:
    a/. The herdsmen / farmers clashes in various parts of the country, particularly the recent massacre of innocent people in Benue state.
    b/. The appointments of Buhari since becoming President in 2015 which is skewed more in favor of the north.

    While I acknowledge the former President’s right to air his opinions, I feel compelled to write this article so that Obasanjo’s comments will not be taken in hook, line and sinker by some gullible and ill-advised Nigerians.

    Let me start by saying that with Obasanjo’s record in office as a 2-time Ist citizen of this country, Obasanjo, IS NOT a credible voice that should command the undivided attention of intelligent Nigerians, if what is known publicly about Obasanjo’s performance while in office are anything to go by.

    What are these information in the public domain you may ask?

    Let me start by answering this all too important question by saying that when then Lt Gen Olusegun Obasanjo became deputy to the then Head of State Gen Ramat Murtala Muhammed in 1975, he has always been a salary earning public servant, up to October 1st 1979 when he retired in a grand style to his one-in-a-million ultra modern farm in Sango-Ota, Ogun state.
    WHERE DID HE GET THE MONEY TO ESTABLISH THIS FARM?
    Certainly Obasanjo was not reported or known to have secured a bank loan or received a Greek gift.
    Secondly, he established a talk-of-the-town elitist secondary school, remember he had been a public servant all his life until he retired. HOW DID HE GET MONEY TO DO THIS? Again it is not on record that he obtained a bank loan to do this, or is it a 6 million USD gift like his adopted son’s wife, Patience Jonathan that made it happen?
    Thirdly, Obasanjo shortly after, he started building a state-of-the-art private university – which has now fully blossomed and is one of the best developed private university in the country, even more developed than the nation’s premier university. Who donated this fund or which bank funded this gigantic project.
    Lastly, I personally know of a vast hectares of land in Kuje, Federal Capital territory, which was acquired by Obasanjo and his Vice, Atiku, which I understand they want to develop into an housing estate.

    I presume several other rich agricultural lands in many states of the federation that were acquired by Obasanjo while in office as Head of State and later as President of Nigeria are lying out there, which Nigerians, who are the indigenous owners are denied of their use, can corroborate this assertion.
    The list of Obasanjo’s properties I can bet isn’t exhausted yet, but all those I have mentioned are publicly known, which makes Obasanjo a stupendously and stinking rich Nigerian former leader and ‘public servant.’
    HOW DID HE GET ALL THE MONEY HE USED TO ACQUIRE THIS INVESTMENTS?

    Now let me address the vexed issue of farmers/herdsmen clashes he raised in his open letter to our President.

    First and foremost I want to declare that I am not impressed with the kid gloves manner President Buhari had handled these incessant and senseless killings of our people in Benue, and I daresay in any part of Nigeria or the world, with South Africans killing of Nigerians a major grouse I have against Buhari, even though he may be doing something, I reiterate that whatever he may be doing is not convincing enough to prove that he is not giving the herdsmen his tacit sympathy, but be that as it may, herdsmen/farmers clashes truly predates Buhari’s less than 3-year government. WHAT DID BABA IYABO DO IN HIS 8-YEAR REIGN AS A PRESIDENT TO SOLVE THIS LINGERING PROBLEM?
    When the desert was gradually encroaching the far north, thereby depleting the available grazing land in that region,what did Obasanjo, Yaradua and Goodluck Jonathan do?
    Investing just 1 billion USD of our huge reserve that Obasanjo was heaping up then would have provided the herdsmen the now touted cattle colonies which by now would have become centers of massive economic activities and job creation with smart businessmen and women now smiling to the bank, instead of leaving this money for Yaradua and Jonathan – both Obasanjo’s imposition on us – to pillage the over 40 billion USD reserve he left behind while leaving office in 2007.
    I bet some of the easy recruits in Boko Haram would have found a source of living in one of these cattle colonies in these core northern states if he had put on his thinking cap then, disallowing greed, self-centeredness and corruption to becloud his vision.

    Let me shock some in my reply to Buhari’s skewed appointments to very key and sensitive positions in favor of his kinsmen from the north by saying that if I were Buhari I would do likewise.
    I will be very circumspect to appoint people I don’t know very well who will embarrass me and my government. Even with this step taken by Buhari, the former SGF still turned out to be a disgrace to him. That shows you how deeply corruption is entrenched in our country before May 29 2015.

    Finally, In defending my myself from the barrage of criticisms, I will answer the people by reminding them that development, good governance and a sound economy in a safe and secured country where our people will prosper is what they voted me for, if I don’t deliver on that mandate, vote me out in 2019, after all the buck stops at my table.
    Voting out a sitting President I can assure you will be getting easier and easier from now on.
    In spite of the desperation of the PDP to cover up their monumental looting of our treasury, we did it in 2015. Congratulations Nigerians!
    Let Obasanjo and his daughter leave us alone to decide what to do with Buhari in 2019, we don’t need their advise, in fact they are not in a position to advice anybody. Thank you.

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