The political war of words between the former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo and his godson, President Goodluck Jonathan was made open to the public when Obasanjo wrote an 18 pages open letter titled BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE on December 2nd 2013 to President Goodluck Jonathan. He had to make this an open letter because the previous letters he has been writing received no response form the President.
The former president who raised controversial allegations against the Goodluck Jonathan administration raging from security, corruption, oil theft, denials on several occasions and also the issue of 2015 general elections.
Jonathan who formally acknowledge his letter recall that all the previous letter are brought to him by hand. The president who with his greatest possible relutance reply the former President Olusegun Obasanjo not for any reason but for the fact that it was an open letter and his side of story must be told.
On the issue of corruption Jonathan said “You will recall that your kinsman, the renowned afro-beat maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti famously sang about it during your first stint as Head of State. Sonny Okosun also sang about corruption. And as you may recall, a number of Army Generals were to be retired because of corruption before the Dimka coup. Also, the late General Murtala Mohammed himself wanted to retire some top people in his cabinet on corruption-related issues before he was assassinated. Even in this Fourth Republic, the Siemens and Halliburton scandals are well known.” Reminding the former president olusegun Obasanjo of how Сorruption sinked into his adminstration right for the very first time he became the Head of State to the extent that the then afro-beat maestro, late Fela Anikulapo Kuti sang about it.
Fomer president Olusegun Obasanjo did not esitate to accuse the present President GEJ of giving presidential assistance for a murderer to evade justice. He said in his words “Presidential assistance for a murderer to evade justice and presidential delegation to welcome him home can only be in bad taste generally but particularly to the family of his victim, assisting criminals to evade justice cannot be part of the job of the presidency. Or, as it is viewed in some quarters, is he being recruited to do for you what he had done for Abacha in the past? Hopefully, he should have learned his lesson. Let us continue to watch”.
Jonathan who find it diffcult to believe the accusation of assisting murders or assigning a presidential delegation to welcome a murderer said that:
“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. It is incumbent on me to remind you that I am fully conscious of the dictates of my responsibilities to God and our dear nation. It is my hope that devious elements will not take advantage of your baseless allegation to engage in brazen and wanton assassination of high profile politicians as before, hiding under the alibi your “open letter” has provided for them”.
He further said that he has directed the securities agencies and requested the National Human Rights Commission to carry out a thorough investigation on these criminal allegations and make their findings public.
In a nut-shell the wise saying that “you don’t wash ur dirty lineing outside the house” does not apply to the former president Olusegun Obasanjo who wrote what he called advice to the president of the federal republic of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan in which all social media was copied. Advice which is supposed to be between you and the person you are giving it to became a public message to the whole world in which every individual made series of comment.