Wednesday, 11 December 2013


Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
 Former president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo had given a hard knock on the incumbent president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan by writing him a strongly worded letter. Titled:- "A LETTER OF APPEAL TO PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN" dated 2nd December, 2013, Obasanjo raised some pertinent issues which he posited as matters of national interest.
General Obasanjo's attack on Dr. Jonathan was like a bombshell aimed at tearing down the presidency to pieces. Premium Times and Sahara Reporters provided enough space to publish the said letter and even the raw copy for Nigerians to comment on or condemn the presidency and by extension the Federal government. In view of the fact that Obasanjo was the godfather of Dr. Jonathan, it was more reasonable not to repeat the letter that had been read and read and read, by almost all Nigerians, Africans and the world.
What therefore Golden Pen would do is simply to say that the face-off between the former president and the incumbent president is not good enough for the peace and prosperity of the nation. President Obasanjo had been consistent with moves to put Nigeria on a lamp stand of gold for all nations of the world to see. He had for that purpose done so much for NIGERIA as the first Military Head of state that handed over power to civilian administration in 1979.
Chief Obasanjo who returned as an elected president in 1999, became the arrow head of the 4th Republic democracy, and was always at the forefront to see that the transition from democracy to democracy succeeded. T
His dream  came through as he handed over power to Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua and Dr Goodluck Jonathan as president and vice president respectively.
Some wrongly accuse Obasanjo,  that he deliberately made Yar'Adua having foreknowledge that he was going to end halfway, to make way for Jonathan's Presidency, but such reasoning and comments were unfounded, because some people that were not sick died before the former president. The rise of Dr, Jonathan to the presidency was a divine plan that played out with Obasanjo playing the role of the instrument for the unprecedented change with the first Ijaw, of Niger Delta and of the South/South emerged as president.
No matter what the truth must be told, whether it be a bitter truth of not it must be told. And that truth is that Chief Olusegun Aremu Kikiola Obasanjo is the political godfather of Goodluck Jonathan, who brought him as running mate, and today he is the president.   One truth is that there was no basis for Goodluck and Obasanjo to do things this way. The letter is very weighty, it is pertinent to suggest that President Obasanjo should not forget his avowed commitment to peace, security and prosperity of the nation.
Dr. Jonathan himself should not forget the god fatherly disposition of Obasanjo and relate with him in that light to explain some of the issues he raised to him so that there will be no second and third letters. Obasanjo and Jonathan should not fight.

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