…warns if Obasanjo’s aim is to blackmail Buhari and his administration and get some relevance, he won’t succeed.
By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
Although widely hailed by some prominent Nigerians as timely and appropriate in contents, the letter written by former president Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Second Republic lawmaker Dr. Junaid Mohammed, has described same as mischievous, ill-timed and irrelevant at this point in the nation’s scheme of things.
Junaid Mohammed, in an interview with Vanguard on Wednesday said that Obasanjo had nothing new to say to Buhari but to launder his image.
Mohammed, who was a member of the 2014 National Conference, described Obasanjo’s letter as not only being ill-timed but also as a calculated attempt to heat up the already tensed polity and blackmail Buhari and his administration.
The Kano-born politician said that the former president was economical with the truth on the issue of islamisation and Fulanisation and should tender apology to Nigerians for trying to spawn ethnic and religious hatred in the land.
Mohammed noted: “Obasanjo’s letter at this time is most unfortunate, ill-timed and unhelpful to the country and those he is trying to educate because there was nothing new in the letter that he had not said before now.
“The truth of the matter is that some of Obasanjo’s pronouncements in the said letter are not useful to anyone in the country because they were clearly written to inflict maximum damage on Nigeria and its people.
“For a man who has benefitted immensely from this country to have written such a letter to another leader shows that he was economical with the truth concerning all the issues he raised in the letter.
“The letter by the former president amply demonstrates the fact that he deliberately committed an act of great disservice to this country and clearly shows a brazen act of shamelessness on his part as a former leader of this country.
“The totality of the contents of the letter shows that he is either ignorant or mischievous in his desperate attempt to hoodwink some ignorant persons against the person and government of Buhari and this cannot take the former president to any place of importance that he is angling for.
However, the point must be made that if the intention of Obasanjo is to use the instrumentality of the so-called letter to blackmail Buhari and his government with the intention of getting some relevance of benefit from it, he has already failed woefully,” Mohammed said.
It will be recalled that Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari, the third of its kind in recent times, elicited both commendations and condemnation from a broad spectrum of Nigerians, a development that does not bother the former head of state.