By SONI DANIEL, REGIONAL EDITOR, NORTH
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, got support from a strange ally, when Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, backed him for declaring some politicians as failing Nigerians in leadership roles.
Mohammed, an unrelenting Obasanjo critic, said the former president was right in criticising some politicians, who served during his tenure as President.
Delivering a lecture, Obasanjo made reference to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; former Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Salisu Buhari; former Bayelsa State Governor, Deprieye Alamieyesiegha; and ex-Edo State Governor, Lucky Igbinedion, as being among the younger generation of leaders with low integrity and probity records.
But supporting the former President, Mohammed said he could not have agreed more with him and asked those he named as failures to defend themselves if they had any contrary opinions about themselves and Obasanjo’s verdict.
The former lawmaker, who spoke in an interview with Vanguard, noted that despite an attempt by Obasanjo to praise himself, he spoke nothing but the whole truth concerning some politicians, who were still eager to rule Nigeria when, indeed, they had nothing to offer the people.
“Essentially, what Obasanjo said is true. Despite his attempt to promote himself, Obasanjo is right in his candid assessment of the persons he listed. That is the whole truth about those Nigerians, some of who are serving jail terms.
“Nigerian leaders should learn to speak the truth, no matter how bitter, like Obasanjo,” he said.
Mohammed said apart from those Obasanjo accused of being corrupt and self-serving, they have no business still aspiring to lead Nigerians in any capacity.
Buhari should be wary of corrupt politicians
Mohammed warned former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, to be wary of those he was romancing with in his quest to rule Nigeria, warning that any attempt to run with any questionable character would truncate his ambition forever.
He said, “APC will have serious problems if the Buhari ticket is to be paired with one of those political leaders attacked by Obasanjo for possessing a questionable certificate and being corrupt.
“The sooner Buhari begins to look for a credible running mate the better it would be for him and his members in the newly-formed APC.
“For the first time in a long while, I could not have agreed the more with Obasanjo in his assessment of corrupt and failed politicians in Nigeria”.