Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has reportedly told Igbos not to believe the promise of zoning the presidency to them, describing it as a grand deceit. The former president also said it was in their best interest to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. The Punch reports that Obasanjo spoke at a meeting of the Coalition of Nigerian Movement (CNM), in Awka, Anambra state chapter.
In a statement through the southeast convener of CNM, Dr. Okey Nwosu, Obasanjo asked them not to believe the promise of producing the presidency in 2023 describing it as “a grand deceit and evil machination.”
He called on the people to “collectively work with the CNM towards ousting Buhari from office in the 2019 general elections.” The former president accused the ruling All Progressives Congress-led government of perpetrating “carnage and wanton destruction of lives and property across the country.” He said: “The meeting is a wake-up call for Nd’Igbo to dump APC and collaborate with CNM, which is the best alternative for their rescue from poverty, hunger, recklessness and ethnic cleansing in the hands of the Hausa/Fulani marauders.
“Every Nigerian leader is very much embarrassed with the state of the nation where people are attacked, killed and made refuges in their own homes. “Political leaders must advocate action against these senseless killings and seek how to design a new democratic action plan to ensure we take care of this conundrum democratically, and say, ‘Enough is enough.’ “If unchecked, these unethical activities will lead to the destruction of the country. It does not augur well for Nigeria’s development.” He said their objective is to “sack Buhari from Aso Rock in 2019 and ensure that a visionary government is elected.” “Nigeria’s eminent personalities, including Generals Yakubu Gowon, Ibrahim Babangida and T.Y. Danjuma have all spoken and condemned the killings and destruction in the country. “If these people can say that the nation needs to be saved from these calamities, the South-East geo-political zone must add their voice to the clarion call,” he added. Meanwhile, a leader of the Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Ayo Adebanjo, reportedly tongue-lashed former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, saying the latter has no moral right to accuse anyone of being corrupt.
The Punch reports that Adebanjo noted that Obasanjo had not disputed that he had only N20,000 in his bank account as at when he returned from the prison in 1999 and that he was rescued from bankruptcy by Atiku Abubakar, and a businessman, Oyewole Fasawe. According to Adebanjo, Obasanjo should not feature in public life again if Nigeria was a decent country as it was rather amazing that the former president continues to assume undue prominence in spite of his known character.