The Oasis Reporters
January 29, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari’s perceived sectional and non cohesive government that propelled former president Olusegun Obasanjo to write a worried letter to him openly, has proven to be a rare tonic in reconciling estranged Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, former senator and her father, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Iyabo, a 1987 university of Ibadan graduate of veterinary medicine was a senator representing her home state of Ogun in Nigeria’s south west when her father, a former General and ex military head of state was civilian president of the country. She ran into rough political waters and angrily left the country abroad with her skills as a veterinary medical doctor.
Then she was said to have written a stinking letter to her father breaking up a family relationship since her birth.
Self exile must have sobered her up and given her a rethink to launch back into a renewed relationship with her father.
In reacting to ex President Obasanjo’s letter, she urged the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to urgently focus on the contents of her father’s critical letter to Buhari asking him not to contest for election in 2019.
The former senator said she endorses the content of her father’s open letter to President Buhari.
The academic based in the United States , also asked Buhari’s supporters not to use the once frosty relationship she had with her father to trend a letter written by her to her father in 2013.
“I am surprised that agents of the current administration who should benefit from the advice 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,” Dr. Obasanjo-Bello is quoted as saying.
In her four-paragraph statement, Obasanjo-Bello further pointed out that “those who published the old letter should have spent time to respond to the content of the said statement which, among other things, called on President Buhari to join the rank of retired elder statesmen in 2019.”
The man who would cherish this unusual support from an unexpected quarter is General Obasanjo, happy that the once stormy relationship with his eldest child is now over.