Friday, 13 December 2013

Obasanjo’s ‘Satanic’ Letter

By Chido Onumah

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s damning letter to President Goodluck Jonathan must rank as the most narcissistic (and the narcissism of our rulers is legendary) action of any Nigerian ruler in recent times.
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In the 18-page diatribe, Obasanjo took President Jonathan to task for his handling of corruption, insecurity, and the crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party among other issues.
Like most Nigerians, the former president expressed deep concern about the tragic consequences of the current crisis. Unlike most Nigerians, however, Obasanjo has had two glorious opportunities to help turn around the fortune of Nigeria and he squandered both. Of course, it is easy to say we should focus on the message rather than the messenger. But this is one instance in which the messenger can’t be divorced from the message.

Obasanjo's LETTER TO JONATHAN: READ What Atiku Abubakar Has To Say

Former Nigeria Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has called on the country’s leaders consulted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo before the publication of his letter to President Goodluck Jonathan which was published on Wednesday to intervene and reduce the tension created by the weighty allegations contained in it.

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In a statement issued by his media office in Abuja, the former Vice President said although he was not competent to speak on the letter because he was not privy to the communication, he was nervous about the allegations like every other Nigerian and that those elders mentioned by Obasanjo had a moral duty to add their voices to the issue.

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"Sack Defected Governors"- PDP Goes To Court


Photo: PDP asks court to sack the defected governors
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged an Abuja Federal High Court to sack its the 5 governors, who have recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The request concerns the following governors: Alhaji Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Rabiu Kwakwanso (Kano) and Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara).
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was also listed as a defendant in the suit filed on behalf of the PDP by Alex Izinyon (SAN).
According to the suit filed by the ruling party, the mentioned governors should be sacked on the grounds that by their defection, they had forfeited their offices.
Furthermore, the PDP wants the court to order the deputy governors or speakers of their state Houses of Assembly to assume their positions.
The PDP also asked the court to for a declaration that in the absence of any division in the PDP, the governors had vacated or forfeited their seats upon their defection to the APC.
Moreover, the FHC was asked to make a declaration that the offices of the governors had reverted to the PDP and a declaration that upon the defection of the governors, the mandates revert to the deputy governors or the speakers of Houses of Assembly of the respective states or any other officers next in rank who are still members of the PDP.
The party, in the same vein, asked the court to make an order mandating/directing the Houses of Assembly of Adamawa, Rivers, Sokoto, Kano and Kwara states to commence impeachment proceedings against the governors.

6 Cultists Gang Rape Teenage Girl, Record On Mobile Phone

6 suspected members of the Blue Angel cult have allegedly gang raped a 16-year-old secondary school student in Akure, Ondo State capital.

Photo: 6 cultist rape young girl
As 24-year-old school dropout, Yusuf Lawal, was yesterday remanded in Kirikiri Prison custody by a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, for allegedly being in possession of a gun, which was later discovered to be a toy gun.
It was discovered that the suspects had recorded the evil act on a mobile phone, while taking their turns on the girl. Furthermore, they threatened to upload it on the Internet if she dares to report them to her parents or the Police.
However, two of the alleged rapists have been arrested by officials of the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC. Four other suspects are on the run.
According to the victim, the 6 boys blindfolded her and threatened to rip her open with knife if she failed to cooperate.
Those arrested include Banjo Olasehinde, 25, A.K.A. Obanje Babalowo Sherry and Adewale Fadunsi, 28, a fashion designer.
The ones wanted by the police are Tope Oluwole; Tope, A.K.A Jigan and Muyideen, a.k.a. Gbem.
Spokesman of NSCDC in the state, Kayode Balogun, said one of the suspects, Banjo Olasehinde, has confessed to the crime and the fact that they belong to a cult group known as Blue Angel.
The defendant, who is standing trial before Justice Kudirat Jose, is facing a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, robbery and unlawful possession of firearms, preferred against him.

Jonathan Learnt From Obasanjo


Photo: If Obasanjo has the right to judge Jonathan
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in his 18-page letter dated December 2, accused President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration of incompetence, abuse of office, corruption and nation resources mismanagement.
What is more, Obasanjo blamed the current regime for the rising wave of impunity, terrorism and ethno-religious strife in the country.
Evidently, the allegation are weighty. Instead of dismissing the contents of the letter the Presidency should respond to the allegations raised therein seriatim.
In particular, the allegation that the Federal Government is setting up a Presidential Strike Force to carry out terrorist attacks on political opponents should not be swept under the carpet.
Still, it is worth mentioning that Jonathan is a faithful student of the Olusegun Obasanjo School of Politics.
While President Jonathan has been accused by General Obasanjo of diverting $7 billion from the Federation Account he (President Obasanjo) is yet to account for the over $20 billion which he diverted from the same account.
The 36 state governments sued the Federal Government over the illegal diversion of such huge public fund by President Obasanjo and the case is currently pending at the Supreme Court.
The Senate recently indicted Presidents Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan for mismanaging the Federation Account to the tune of N1.5 trillion.
The Senate has recommended the revocation of the fraudulent privatisation of public assets carried out by President Obasanjo.
The Transcorp Hotel was bought by a sitting President through “blind trust” while the House of Representatives indicted the Obasanjo regime for spending $16 billion to generate darkness.
Does President Obasanjo know any President who used public funds to establish a private university and a presidential library through extortion of funds from government agencies and contractors? On disloyalty to the ruling party President Obasanjo defied the Supreme Court when it pronounced Senator Ararume as the gubernatorial candidate of PDP for Imo State during the “do-or-die” general election of 2007.
The imperial presidency directed PDP members to vote for the candidate of the PPA who “won” the election.
With respect to reliance on ethnic jingoists President Obasanjo deployed the likes of late Lamidi Adedibu to terrorise and intimidate innocent people in Oyo State.
President Obasanjo equally entered into an alliance with the Afenifere group to facilitate the capture of the South-West region during 2003 general election.
WhenObasanjo faced the threat of impeachment by the House of Representatives, he mobilized a faction of the Oodua Peoples Congress to threaten a break up the country.
Was Anambra State not made ungovernable by Chris Uba with presidential support? Did Obasanjo not know of governors who had killer squads?
Why were the members of the Abacha Strike Force never demobilised and disarmed by President Obasanjo?
These cases are just some among numerous ones, surrounding Obasanjo's Presidency.
Thus, does President Obasanjo have the moral right to advise President Jonathan on how to convene a national conference?
It is a well-known fact that Obasanjo too was vehemently opposed to the convocation of a national conference until he needed it for dubious political objectives.
The Political Reform Conference which he eventually convened collapsed due to the refusal of the delegates to endorse the satanic third term agenda of the President.
Strangely, the said letter  by Obasanjo contains nothing about the crises of unemployment, illiteracy, ignorance, hunger, infrastructural decay, etc. It is an intra-class feud which cannot enhance democracy in the country.
President Obasanjo has a penchant for writing letters and granting interviews on regimes which he and other power mongers had installed.
After all, instead of celebrating the hypocrisy of frustrated power mongers, the Nigerian people should take advantage of the intra-class war going on in the ruling party to get organised and take their political destiny in their own hands.
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