Premium TImes has allegedly obtained a copy of an 18-page letter former President Olusegun Obasanjo sent to President Goodluck Jonathan accusing him of tearing Nigeria apart.
It says: “Nigeria is bleeding and the hemorrhage must be stopped,” Mr. Obasanjo said in the 18-page letter dated December 2, 2013 and exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday.
He said Mr. Jonathan has failed to deliver on his promises to the Nigerian people, stem corruption, promote national unity and strengthen national security.
He said in the letter titled “Before it is too late” that rather than take steps to advance Nigeria’s interest and up the standards of living of Nigerians, Mr. Jonathan had betrayed God and the Nigerian people that brought him to power, and has been pursuing selfish personal and political interests based on advice he receives from “self-centred aides”.
In the detailed letter, dripping of anger , frustration and what appears a genuine concern to rescue a nation on the brink, Mr. Obasanjo lamented that Mr. Jonathan had become terribly divisive and clannish, destroying his own party, polarizing the country along regional and religious lines and ridiculing Nigeria in the comity of nations.
Without mincing words, Mr. Obasanjo blamed Mr. Jonathan for the crises tearing the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, apart. He also accused President Jonathan of lying about his plans not to contest in the 2015 elections saying that it is obvious that plans are being laid on ground for a campaign. He accused him of not facing the underlying threat of Boko Haram and expressed frustration over the handling of the Niger Delta matter especially the royal treatment accorded to Asari Dokubo. The letter goes on and on bringing up all the things that the Presidency has been neglecting and causing in a very sincere and concerned tone
Premium Times reported that Mr. Obasanjo said he wrote the letter in the national interest, saying nothing, at this stage of his life, would prevent him from standing up for whatever he considers to be in the best interest of Nigeria, Africa and the world and that he was ready for whatever backlash his letter would provoke from the presidency.
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