President Goodluck Jonathan has replied to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in a 10-page letter of his.
Jonathan challenged the former president to produce the names of those on the alleged political watch list and the agencies of government that are watching over them.
President Jonathan, in the letter, noted that since “I started my political career as a Deputy Governor, I have never been associated with any form of political violence” adding that “There have certainly been cases of political assassination since the advent of our Fourth Republic, but as you well know, none of them occurred under my leadership”.
He berated the allegation by Obasanjo claim that He is “training snipers and other militia to assassinate people”.
“Baba, I don’t know where you got that from but you do me grave injustice in not only lending credence to such baseless rumours, but also publicizing it. You mentioned God seventeen times in your letter. Can you as a Christian hold the Bible and say that you truly believe this allegation?” he said.
The President noted the “challenges and opposition” he has faced in over three years of his presidency “mainly from the high and mighty”.
Jonathan described as “baseless” the claim that he uses security agencies to harass people, insisting that “that was an accusation made against previous administrations, including yours, but it is certainly not my style and will never be” noting that “Nigerians are waiting for your evidence of proof”.
“Again, if you insist on the spurious claim that some of your relatives and friends are being harassed, I urge you to name them and tell Nigerians what agencies of my administration are harassing them.
“I also find it difficult to believe that you will accuse me of assisting murderers, or assigning a presidential delegation to welcome a murderer. This is a most unconscionable and untrue allegation” he said.
President Jonathan expressed shock that “with all avenues open to you as a former Head of State for the verification of any information you have received about state affairs, you chose to go public with allegations of “high corruption” without offering a shred of supporting evidence”.
He also urged the former president to provide “names, facts and figures of a single verifiable case of the “high corruption” which you say stinks all around my administration and see whether the corrective action you advocate does not follow promptly” while challenging him to “tell Nigerians the true story of questionable waivers of signature bonuses between 2000 and 2007”.