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Buhari behaving like Abacha, Trader Moni idiotic — Obasanjo

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Former president Olusegun Obasanjo Obasanjo came down heavy on the president in his state of the nation address tagged ‘Points for Concern and Action’.

In the strongly-worded letter, he accused Buhari of taking Nigeria back to the era of late military president Sani Abacha.

Obasanjo accused Buhari of “mad desperation”, likening his government to the dictatorial era of Abacha.

He accused the president of using security agencies to intimidate the opposition, while calling on Nigerians to “rise up and do what they did in the time of Abacha”.

He wrote: “His scheme bears eloquent testimony to this road similar to Abacha whom he has praised to high heavens and as an arch-supporter and beneficiary from Abacha, he has seen nothing wrong done by him. It is clear from all indications that Buhari is putting into practice the lessons he learned from Abacha.

“Buhari has intimidated and harassed the private sector, attacked the National Assembly and now unconstitutionally and recklessly attacked and intimidated the Judiciary to cow them to submission.

“Today, another Abacha Era is here. The security institutions are being misused to fight all critics and opponents of Buhari and to derail our fledgling democracy.”

Obasanjo castigated Buhari over his anti-corruption war, saying he tacitly condones corrupt acts among his officials while taking swift action against members of the opposition.

He wrote: “It is no use, at this juncture, to keep lamenting about the failure, incompetence, divisiveness, nepotism, encouragement and condonation of corruption by Buhari administration as there is neither redeeming feature nor personality to salvage the situation within that hierarchy. You cannot give what you don’t have.

“Even when figures, facts and statistics are made clear to Buhari, he keeps repeating what is untrue, either because he cannot understand or for mischief purposes and that places him on the level of a pathological liar. He believes he can get away with impunity and deceit as he seems to have done on many occasions in the past.”

Commenting on the TraderMoni initiative of the federal government, Obasanjo said Osinbajo must have gone for “if you can’t beat them, join them”.

He described the programme as “outrightly idiotic”, adding that there is a sinister motive behind it.

“Osinbajo has shown the human weakness and proved the saying that the corruption of the best is the worst form of corruption. His explanation that it was their government programme can only be construed to be very shallow and lopsided, if not an outrightly idiotic programme,” he said.

“What is the connection between taking the number of PVC (Permanent Voters Card) of the recipient of the N10,000 doled out to ‘traders’ and the forthcoming election? There is something sinister about it, and Professor Osinbajo, of all people, should know that.”

Commenting on the TraderMoni initiative of the federal government, Obasanjo said Osinbajo must have gone for “if you can’t beat them, join them”.

He described the programme as “outrightly idiotic”, adding that there is a sinister motive behind it.

“Osinbajo has shown the human weakness and proved the saying that the corruption of the best is the worst form of corruption. His explanation that it was their government programme can only be construed to be very shallow and lopsided, if not an outrightly idiotic programme,” he said.

“What is the connection between taking the number of PVC (Permanent Voters Card) of the recipient of the N10,000 doled out to ‘traders’ and the forthcoming election? There is something sinister about it, and Professor Osinbajo, of all people, should know that.”


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