Iyabo Obasanjo, a former Nigerian senator and the daughter of a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has lambasted apologists of the current administration by Muhammadu Buhari for recirculating the letter she wrote to her father in 2013.
Her letter was redistributed over the weekend few days after Chief Obasanjo wrote a damning letter to Buhari, advising him not to contest for 2019 due to his incompetence, nepotism and corruption.
The former President proposed a new coalition to save Nigeria from the current decayed, adding that Buhari should join the list of ex-Presidents.
In a statement signed on Saturday, Ms. Obasanjo expressed surprised that those who should heed to the admonishment from her father letter are busy spreading the letter he wrote in 2013.
She described her father as one of the most brilliant mind ever emerged in modern Africa.
Ms. Obasanjo said “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 cheap tactics 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. I would think this was appropriate and even unnecessary advice, given the serious medical problems he has had over the last few years.”
Ms. Obasanjo warned that she should not be used against her father as she has had no connection with the current and last administration by Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“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 kind of 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 to it. I really do not want to be part of it, as I have found over and over again that speech and words is wasted on people who have no understanding of the responsibility on us as black people on this planet.”
Obasanjo’s letter had created buzz on social media as many described it as timely.