The Oasis Reporters
February 17, 2018
Nigerians continue to feel baffled over the activities of former president Olusegun Obasanjo who in the last couple of days, visited the Otuoke residence of immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan in the south south state of Bayelsa.
Obasanjo was one of the active voices whose activities and antics led to the loss of the presidential reelection of Jonathan.
Ever since Obasanjo left power as a military ruler voluntarily in 1979, he has been on the neck of each and every successor with so much trenchant criticism, that forced many of them to lose power.
He may have written an epistle that possibly shook president Muhammadu Buhari, but discerning Nigerians believe it was an opportunistic activity, because indeed, Buhari has disappointed the majority of Nigerians with his failures on many fronts.
Some analysts opine that his target is beyond Buhari.
Obasanjo is scared of Atiku Abubakar emerging as the People’s Democratic Party, PDP presidential candidate with a real chance of beating the lacklustre and under-performing Muhammadu Buhari.
Obasanjo publicly left the PDP in the glare of Television cameras, with a public show of tearing up his membership card, all to depress and sink the hopes of Jonathan, who like a perfect gentleman, graciously left power without bitterness. This was in 2015.
Within three years of his uncivil acts, the very vice president he frustrated out of the PDP and publicly scorned would not smell the presidency, Atiku Abubakar, has suddenly gone back to the PDP, with a credible chance of clinching the presidential ticket.
Obasanjo seems to be sweating over that.
The former president is seen as an unforgiving man, who can dance with you at Thanksgiving Service in your church, yet same night, would stick daggers on your path.
He did it to almost all the Senate presidents in his eight years as president.
He rendered Atiku Abubakar redundant as vice president, and made frantic moves to get him impeached. Senators scuttled that attempt, before he successfully threw him out of the then ruling party.
Olusegun Obasanjo recently graduated from the Open University of Nigeria with a doctorate degree. Many Nigerians were not even aware until they stumbled upon a congratulatory message to a former boss and “Statesman‘’ in the media, showing the newly minted Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, resplendent in academic gown, posted all over by an ‘adoring’ Atiku Abubakar.
There’s no record so far that Dr. Obasanjo acknowledged the goodwill and felicitation from his former deputy. But he may have. Perhaps secretly.
Within a few days, Obasanjo’s open letter to president Buhari surfaced in the media.
Beyond the normal thrust of blaming Buhari on corruption, nepotism, cronyism and incompetent handling of goodwill, the real projection seemed to have disqualifying both the PDP and the APC as incapable of taking Nigeria to it’s rightful place of leadership and development in Africa.
He added another rider.
It was time for the nation to choose a younger President. In one breath, he was disqualifying both President Buhari and the possible aspirant on the PDP ticket, Mr. Atiku Abubakar.
So Obasanjo launches a new movement that would choose a younger presidential candidate. This will be his party, and curiously at the launch, only old or retired political actors were there.
All that rigmarole seems to be targeted at Atiku Abubakar. His emergence might be nightmarish to Obasanjo. All the accusations heaped on him and several allegations made against him would be up for review should Atiku emerge as candidate that could beat Buhari and it may be payback time for Obasanjo.
After all, Atiku Abubakar is also Fulani, who are reputed to remember every slight and know how to repay any favour, be it evil.
Those siding Obasanjo in his proxy war against Atiku Abubakar do so because many people are fed up with recycling only presidents of Fulani extraction from the north.
First it was Shehu Shagari in 1979, then Umaru Yar’adua and now Muhammadu Buhari, all Fulani leaders, democratically elected from the north, and on behalf of the north for all of Nigeria.
Therefore the thought of having another Fulani in Atiku Abubakar to do another possible 4 – 8years is not looking cheery for many Nigerians as the current security challenges in the country show the enormous powers to do and undo of a president. Any tribe could use it to pursue and implement it’s own very narrow and selfish agenda as has often happened.
Therefore if people galvanize behind Obasanjo’s plans, that may be one of the reasons