The Coalition for Change in Nigeria has carpeted former President, Olusegun Obasanjo over his recent outbursts on the state of the nation.
The group said it is so sad that Obasanjo, who is supposed to act as elder statesman has turned himself against Nigeria.
Comrade Jonathan Ogwuche, Secretary General of the group at a press conference, wondered why Obasanjo, who reportedly ran the country as an imperial emperor is now vocal against the current government.
Recall that Obasanjo had last week claimed he sacrificed for the nation by fighting, “shedding blood” to defend the country during the civil war and even been sent to jail over a coup allegation, he was innocent of.
Reacting, however to the ex-president’s assertion, Ogwuche said people like the former President should bury their heads in shame for ruining the nation.
You must have, like other well-meaning Nigerians, noted the blatant incursion into day to day governance in Nigeria by a former president. The latest in his serial meddlesomeness was when he received a former governor of Sokoto State, at his Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun state. He has similarly made other inappropriate interventions that actively placed him in the arena of partisan politics.
“On the surface, there is nothing wrong with him that has wrecked this country making interventions, especially when such are capable of improving the lot of the nation and also considering that they have rights as citizens to take part in governance.
“However, while Obasanjo has the right to participate in the affairs of the country, he does not have the moral ground to make such intrusions. First, his antecedent precludes him from such exercise.
“Here was a man that ran the country as an imperial emperor. He warned his then vice president that it was a presidency and not a co-presidency, which was his own crude reminder that he was not amenable to entertaining inputs from his then deputy. It was this attitude of his that created the mindset that a deputy is a spare tire, a situation that set the foundation for the many acrimonious relationship between Governors and its deputies across many states and one that has continued to plague the nation till now.
“He equally negated the ability of citizens to contribute because any attempt to do so mean the anti-corruption agencies would be sent after the person or any other form of crisis is contrived to keep such an individual busy.
“He is so allergic to criticism that he declared he was not obliged to consider the advice offered by his appointed advisers, which was because he saw some of their genuine inputs as a question mark on his capabilities as a leader. Not that he was much of a leader anyway.
“Since he successfully destroyed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and made a show of tearing his membership card, he has continued to explore face saving avenues to return to partisan politics because he has since discovered that he lacks what it takes to be an elder statesman, one that will guide the upcoming generations aright without servicing his banal interests.
“A man that we should ordinarily call an elder has now engaged in a shameless dance in the public square as he hallucinates himself into believing he is the leader of the opposition around whom all others must rally to save Nigeria when the current government is actually saving the country from the mess he laid the foundation.
“It is only such delusion of grandeur that would make him believe that his coalition of his lieutenants that ruin the country would be considered appealing to the populace. Since discovering that no one wants his tainted goods, he has started hobnobbing with the same party he claimed to have resigned from after his coalition and the political party it metamorphosed into were consigned into irrelevance by discerning Nigerians.
“Even those that were toddlers in the year 2006 now know that anything the former President does is about getting the third term in office that deluded him despite the killer squad he unleashed on the country to coerce everyone top do his bidding.”