- As expected, the presidency has responded to Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo's recent criticisms of Muhammadu Buhari
- Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman, accused Obasanjo of attempts to divide the nation
- Praising his boss, Shehu said President Buhari runs an administration focused on infrastructure and development
The presidency has berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his recent statement criticising President Muhammadu Buhari.
A statement signed by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu on Sunday, September 13, accused Obasanjo of attempts to divide the nation.
“The difference is clear. From the lofty heights of Commander-in-Chief, General Obasanjo has descended to the lowly level of Divider-in-Chief,” Shehu said.
He continued: “We hope that Chief Obasanjo would once again sheath the sword and rest the pretentiousness about the Messiah that has (mis)led him to pronounce often wrongly, as he disastrously did in the 2019 elections, about the life and death of Nigerian governments.
“As some commentators are already suggesting, Chief Obasanjo should, in accordance with his mantra as a statesman, get involved with problems solving, when and where they exist instead of helping the mushrooming of a poisonous atmosphere of ethnic and religious nationalism.
“No doubt, he must have left those admirers confused in announcing the support for the boycott of a democratic process of changing the constitution, at the same time calling for dialogue and engagement.”
The presidential spokesman, however, said it is no surprise that President Buhari would be the object of envy and harsh unfair challenges by politicians “who failed to deliver but continue to nurse ambitions of delighting the audience long after their curtain has been drawn.”
Legit.ng had reported that the former Nigerian leader berated President Buhari over his handling of the country's affairs, warning that Nigeria is fast drifting towards a failed state under his watch.
Obasanjo made the comment during a speech titled 'Moving Nigeria Away From Tipping Over' which he delivered at a dialogue in Abuja, the federal capital.
Responding to Obasanjo, the ruling All Progressives Congress in a statement on Sunday, September 13 signed by its acting spokesman, Yekini Nabena, stated that: “It is baffling that the same political actors that midwifed and institutionalised the national rot, corruption, impunity and eroding of our value systems are the same characters posing as voices on the way forward in our national life.”
Nabena added: “Former President Olusegun Obasanjo could start with telling us where the electricity is despite $16billion he spent on the power sector.”
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