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.
“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
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.