Obasanjo should’ve seen Jonathan one-on-one instead of letter – Danjuma


A former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, has faulted ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said it was better to join issues one-on-one with the President instead of writing a letter.

He said Nigeria is undergoing a dangerous political period which imposes a responsibility on leaders to be cautious on what they say.

Danjuma made his position known on Friday night at the 6th edition of the Abuja Praise Festival, which he hosted at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

He said: “I wish to align with what Gen. Yakubu Gowon has said. These are difficult times and I urge leaders to be careful with their utterances, especially in the public.

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“When people ask me what I think of the letter, I said I don’t have to talk on the pages of newspapers. I have unimpeded access to the president. If I have anything to say to him, I would meet him directly.”

Danjuma’s comments on Obasanjo’s letter were greeted with a loud applause.

The former Minister added: “We should always pursue peace as believers because without peace, we cannot fulfill our destiny.

“We as leaders must continue to have peace with men and with God.”

A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, also advised Nigerian leaders to be wary of comments that could compromise the peace of the nation

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He demanded caution from all in public speeches because “the times are indeed testy.”

He said: “ Peace is a very important factor for growth. So, we must not be distracted. And we must not be tired of suing for peace. We must watch our utterances as leaders whether past or present.

4 Responses to "Obasanjo should’ve seen Jonathan one-on-one instead of letter – Danjuma"

  1. Husman Yakub   December 23, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Yes, Nigeria is going through a dangerous political mess because Danjuma and his Khaki boys who stole our nations innocence have cornered our nations vast resources amongst themselves and their cronies while millions live in abject poverty.They may get what they visited on other in 1966 not too long if things don’t find levels!!!!!

  2. Lawrence Sc Egwali
    Lawrence Sc Egwali   December 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Thank God we still have non arrogant and sensible men among the past leaders. But why did they leave a few power drunks among them to terrorize the nation like a troublesome Masquerade? Did they forget that things get worse when those expected to give caution see evil, watch and do nothing? Yes; I agree that OBJ worked hard to create a level playing field for all zones of the federation, considering the winner takes it all attitude of our Hausa/Fulani brothers. However, by OBj’s ‘know it all’ display and also his permanently holding a ‘walking the dog’ chain on the nation’s presidency, he too needs to have a rope round his waist with handlers; just like any other violent masquerade do. People like Gowon whose preoccupation is repentance to make Heaven rather than converting our public fund for self & generations yet to come should untiring, speak out sense into his colleagues. At his age, reconciling the difference between the needs of the youths and the overbearing exuberance of the partisan political elders should be his concern. We should have a nation where; ‘though tribes & tongues may differ; …in brotherhood we stand. Where no man is oppressed’, according to the original Nigeria national anthem.

  3. Soye Kalio
    Soye Kalio   December 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    if not for selfish reasons, why will a letter written by a former President to a sitting President go public? Obj is jus trying to be relevant, but he has failed again!

  4. Chux Legercy Emmanuel
    Chux Legercy Emmanuel   December 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Obasanjo is a crook! He wants to discredit Jonathan before Nigerians in order to install his own candidate, gov of Jigawa state – Alh Sule Lamido and Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state as his running mate hence the letter and the intentional leak! We know him very well. Remember he leaked a private letter written to him by the likes of Orji Uzor Kalu and Audu Ogbe etc


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