2019 Presidency: Iyabo Obasanjo blasts Buhari’s agents


Daughter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Iyabo, has blasted “agents of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration” for the re-circulation of her 2013-letter where she attacked her father for opposing the re-election bid of ex-President Jonathan Goodluck.

Iyabo, in a statement, said the republication of the 2013 letter at this time may not be unconnected with the recent letter written by her father, Olusegun Obasanjo, to President Muhammadu Buhari where he was critical of Buhari’s administration.

She is contending that those agents behind the republication of her letter should rather ask President Buhari to address the issues raised in the letter.

In the statement which she personally signed, Iyabo charged the Nigerian government to avail itself of the advice and admonishment of “one of the most brilliant leaders to ever emerge in modern Africa” than resurrecting unconnected issues.

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According to Iyabo Obasanjo, her father’s letter offered advice on how the Buhari led government could address some of the current problems bedevilling the country.

The statement reads: “My attention has been drawn to the republishing (in social media) of a letter from 2013 that has since been overturned by events.

“I am surprised that agents of the current Nigerian administration who should benefit from the advice and admonishment of one of the most brilliant leaders to ever emerge in modern Africa have resorted to a cheap tactic that further reiterates the message that they found abhorrent enough to start looking for unconnected issues to put together to make their point.”

“To say that Nigeria has problems is to make an understatement. The wise should listen, wherever help and advice come from.

“Those who republished the old letter should have spent the time to respond to the content of the said statement which, among other things, called on President Buhari to join the rank of retired elder statesmen in 2019.

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“I would think this was appropriate and even unnecessary advice, given the serious medical problems he has had over the last few years.

“I have had no connection with his administration or to the previous one after I left the Senate in 2011, and to try and use me and my name as some excuse is shameful.

“I agree with the contents of the open letter and like all people that wish Africa well, hope that Nigeria someday comes out of its death spiral to become a leading nation in the world.

“It is tiring to continue to be part of the Nigerian conversation when there is no positive impact on it.

“I really do not want to be part of it, as I have found over and over again that speech and words are wasted on people who have no understanding of the responsibility on us as black people on this planet.”

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