- Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has been advised by former chief of Army staff, Gen Alani Akinrinade, to desist from public letter-writing
- Akinrinade said letter-writing may not be a good option for Obasanjo, since the latter has unfettered access to those in power
- The former Army chief said Obasanjo can give advice instead of writing public letters
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has been advised by former chief of Army staff, Gen Alani Akinrinade, to desist from public letter-writing to make a point.
The former Army chief gave the advise in a chat with newsmen in Lagos ahead of his 80th birthday holding in Ibadan, Oyo state on Thursday, October 3, PM News reports.
Legit.ng gathers that he opined that letter-writing does not befit Obasanjo as a leader and statesman, even as he acknowledged that it is the former president’s fundamental right to make a point.
Akinrinade said letter-writing may not be a good option for Obasanjo, since the latter has unfettered access to those in power.
He said whenever Obasanjo writes letters to the president, what comes to his mind is how he (Obasanjo) handled similar matters when he was in the saddle.
Instead of going to the public, Akinrinade, who acknowledged Obasanjo’s role in history, said statesmen should consult with those in power and offer constructive criticism.
He said: "If I have an opportunity to advise him, I will say he should not write letters again. Each time he writes letter, the question I ask is: when he was there, how did he do it?
“He should not write letters again. He has access to them and he can give his advice, instead of writing.”
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the Arewa Consultative Forum alleged that former president Olusegun Obasanjo intended to cause disaffection in the polity through the open letter he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The ACF, which stated this at a conference in Kaduna, said that the former president had no moral standing to write such letter to Buhari.
The forum, which said Obasanjo should use a better and civilised way of communicating his views to Buhari, asked the former president to apologise to Nigerians for writing such letter.
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