The cold war between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Goodluck Jonathan Administration has been resurrected again. The process started on Sunday at a thanksgiving service held in honour of a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, in Abuja.
At the service that had many eminent Nigerians in attendance, Obasanjo said if the Goodluck Jonathan administration was keen on probing his government, it should come after him instead of using style to go after great men and woman who served under him.
Speaking on the chop chop nature of the Jonathan-led government...
Obasanjo said: “I have always said this, whatever you want to blame in my government, blame me; don’t blame any of those people who assisted me. If there is any credit to dispense, we share it. But for anything you want to say is wrong, I was the one in charge and I was in charge.”
Obasanjo, whose comments were necessitated by the war of words between Ezekwesili, and the Presidency over the $67bn the Jonathan administration inherited from his government, said he had absolute trust in those that worked under him, especially as ministers.
He continued, “Actually those who wanted to probe you (Ezekwesili), you should have asked them to go ahead because if they are honest, they would find out that the government should give you money for what you have done for this country without stealing money.”
Condemning the way Jonathan give the job of security agency's to his brothers, who are ex-militants, Obasanjo added that: “This (Sunday) morning, I was travelling from Abeokuta and I was listening to a radio station when I heard that they (government) are going to set up an agency for pipeline protection. Now, what are the police for? What are all the security agencies that we have doing? This is another chop chop."
Obasanjo flayed plans to set up a pipeline protection agency, saying it is another avenue for corruption.