Former President Olusegun Obasanjo latest out boost coming with a pointer asking the incumbent president not to contest 2019 election and the reason why he feels "President Buhari should toe the path of an elder statesman where he affirms that the president already has a place in history if he yields to his advice" has continued to generate many reactions from Nigerians.
First, is the governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose. The governor said even the “Obasanjo” is an expired leader whose thought is really not to be taken seriously but was quick to add that his message was a reality that majority of Nigerians already known ’s, whilst using the opportunity to request president Buhari to hid to the advice of the former president not to contest 2019 election.
He also described the letter as belated and self-serving, saying: “Obasanjo himself should heed his own advice to Buhari by also going home to rest. Both Obasanjo and Buhari are analogue in this digital age and have expired. We have been hearing of Obasanjo since we were in the primary school. It is time for him to vacate the public political space. When Nigerians hear him speak nowadays, they hiss.”
According to the governor, the letter is a “face-saving” discourse coming “after Obasanjo, who led the cabal that imposed Buhari, had seen that Nigerians had turned back from following the president.”
He stressed that although the “damning” letter makes “some sense,” Obasanjo was not the right person to have written it.
The former president “was the leader of those who deceived Nigerians and lied to the international community to support Buhari,” said Fayose, insisting people “have already made up their minds to show Buhari the exit next year with or without Obasanjo’s self-serving letter. So, he should not take the credit. He should not reap where he has not sown.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in reacting to the out boost of the former President on behalf of federal Government said: “We have no reason to believe that former President Obasanjo has any motive beyond the well-being of the nation in issuing his special press statement. We have also taken his admonition in good faith, and we thank him most sincerely for taking time off his busy schedule to pen such a long statement.”
He said: “It is true that many Nigerians have been calling on the president to run again, while others are opposed to his return. However, we believe this issue is a distraction for the president at this time. This is because Mr President spends every working hour tackling the enormous challenges facing the nation, most of which were bequeathed to his administration by successive past administrations. He is committed to fulfilling the mandate given to him by Nigerians in 2015. And that’s where we are right now.”
In the statement, the minister extolled the achievements of the government, concluding: “This administration is not unaware of the enormity of the challenges facing the nation, but we are up to the task. We have taken the bull by the horns, and long-suffering Nigerians will begin to experience a new lease of life as our efforts yield fruits.”