President Muhammadu Buhari, has for the first time, made a scanty reference to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo's letter and called it “abusive’’.
News Agency of Nigeria reports Buhari said he did not want a response to the letter which derided the government and urged him (Buhari) not to seek a second term
According to the president, “Even when the Minister of Information and Culture wanted to reply that abusive letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo I had wanted Lai not to reply to the letter, but I said I should allow him to highlight the achievements of our administration."
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Obasanjo wrote a damning letter to President Buhari and touted Coalition for Nigeria Movement which has been launched in Abuja. The movement was launched at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre.
The former president in a lengthy and critical public statement on January 23 suggested the formation of the movement and advised Buhari against seeking a second term in office.
But Buhari was in a special interview session with Voice of America, Hausa service, in Washington, United States on Tuesday morning scantly referred to the letter.
On his purported comment on youth while in London, President Buhari dismissed the report, saying that the media only preferred to interpret and report what they like instead of concentrating on developmental journalism.
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“All these explanations I made they refused to highlight them in their report and you know the media in Nigeria in most cases only do what they like.’’
He said, for instance the nation’s achievements in the agricultural sector where millions of Nigerians benefitted financially was left unreported by the media.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the presidency said the administration of President Buhari would not join issues with former president Obasanjo over his comments on the Buhari administration.
Obasanjo had on Monday while addressing a group of youths who visited him at his country home Abeokuta, described the Buhari administration as a failure.
Obasanjo also asked the APC-led government to stop complaining about the challenges it met on the ground.
President Muhammadu Buhari has for the first time after three to four months made a scanty reference to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and which the president called it abusive. He said he did not want a response to the letter.
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