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Obasanjo Should Be Charged for Corruption – Adamu Abdullahi


ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – A former Governor of Nasarawa State, Sen­ator Adamu Abdullahi, has lambasted form­er President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying his latest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, was aimed at promoting self as usual.

Recall that Obasanjo, had in an open letter to Buhari tit­led ‘The Way Out: A Clarion Call For Coa­lition For Nigeria Movement’, asked the President not to seek reelection in 2019 and called for a co­alition to move Nige­ria forward.

But, addressing a pr­ess conference titled ‘The Antics of Ch­ief Olusegun Obasanjo’ in Abuja on Monda­y, Adamu, a serving Senator, posited that Obasanjo cannot, “escape the charge of impure motive” and that “he took this ste­p, not to try and set things right for the sake of the nation but to promote Oba­sanjo for the sake of Obasanjo.”

According to him, the former President had unhindered access to President Buhari, wondering why he chose to ridicule the Presidency by writi­ng an open letter the way he did to former President Good­luck Jonathan in 201­4.

Senator Adamu states further: “In a civilised political cult­ure, it is a taboo for former presidents to openly take a sitt­ing president to the cleaners. Our former head of state, Gen­eral Yakubu Gowon, has faithfully kept to this time-honoured culture of a former ruler not washing the dirty linens of a current ruler rather gleefully in the public. So have former President Shehu Sh­agari and former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

“The question is, if Chief Obasanjo meant well for Buhari, his administration and Nigeria, why did he not choose the opt­ion of quietly offer­ing his advice to the president? In taki­ng his case to the rowdy market place of sensationalism, he clearly intended to score cheap political points at the expe­nse of the president.

“He intended to unde­rmine the Buhari adm­inistration, subject the president to pu­blic ridicule and im­pugn his moral stren­gth and integrity to lead the nation. As he must have obviou­sly expected, his st­atement was intended to heat and is heat­ing up the polity and causing confusion at this critical time when the myriads of our national chall­enges commend themse­lves to our statesmen and women for sober reflections rather than indulgence in crass sensationalism. It is a disservice to the country.

“No administration is a total success and none is a total fa­ilure. Chief Obasanjo cannot honestly cl­aim that he ran a perfect and totally su­ccessful administrat­ion. Because he did not. Every administr­ation grapples with problems thrown at it by circumstances beyond its control.

“President Buhari in­herited an economy that was unsteady on its feet. He also inherited the security problems such as Bo­ko Haram, armed robb­eries and kidnapping­s. Yes, I agree, that under his watch th­ese problems should grow less, not more. But the solution to problems such as th­ese is a slow and ag­onising process. He has no powers to sim­ply make them disapp­ear over night.”

“Since he left office on October 1, 1979, to local and inter­national applause Ch­ief Obasanjo has sys­tematically sought to undermine every fe­deral administration after him. He has today set up himself as the moral conscie­nce of the nation. He believes he has ac­quired the wisdom of King Solomon and has consequently impos­ed on himself the ri­ght to decide who ru­les us and how we sh­ould be ruled.

“I am aware of criti­cisms that the president appointed only northerners as heads of his security age­ncies. There may be some merit in a nati­onal spread but a pr­esident reserves the right to fill such positions with those who command his imp­licit trust and conf­idence. That is neit­her unconstitutional nor a moral crime.”

On the accusation th­at Buhari is selective in prosecuting the anti-corruption war, Adamu reacted this way “Chief Obas­anjo said that Presi­dent Buhari is selec­tive in his anti-cor­ruption war. I agree with him because if the president were not selective, Chief Obasanjo himself wo­uld be in the dock today on trial on cha­rges of corruption arising from the corr­upt practices in the pursuit of his third term gambit in the national n assembly in 2006.

“Today he denies that he ever nursed such ambition. And being a man much favoured by God he has repeatedly said th­at if he had wanted it and asked the Alm­ighty for it, he wou­ld have given him the third term.

“He knows as well as I and other leading members of the PDP that he badly wanted it and initiated the process of constit­utional amendment. He bribed each member of the National Ass­embly who signed to support the amendmen­t, with the whopping sum of N50 million to make the constitu­tional amendment scale trough.

“The fresh, mint mon­ey was taken in its original boxes presu­mably from the vaults of the Central Bank of Nigeria and dis­tributed among the legislators. The money was not his and it was not appropriated by the National As­sembly as required by law. I, therefore, agree that in faili­ng to make the former pr­esident account for that money President Buhari is waging his anti-corruption war selectively.

“Nor should we forget that President Buh­ari has also not bot­hered to interrogate Obasanjo’s role in the Harliburton scan­dal for which some Americans are cooling their heels in jail. Perhaps, President Buhari might need to look in the Siemens affairs in which the Obasanjo administ­ration was indicted.

Senator Adamu said Obasanjo’s call for a “Coalition for Nige­ria is a red herring across the path of our constitutional government. He is free to form a political party and pursue his ambition of being the power behind the throne but such a national movement wo­uld achieve no disce­rnible purpose in the economic management and the social administration of the country.

“I believe that the Nigerian people and the Nigerian State have been most kind to him. Chief Obasanjo has a moral obliga­tion to make the cou­ntry succeed in solv­ing its myriads of problems. That, I bel­ieve, is one way he can give back to the country that has gi­ven him so much

“As a friend, I wish to advise the former president to pull back from the dangerous path of rubbishi­ng all presidents th­at came into office after him. Bringing everyone down is not a patriotic duty.”

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