Obasanjo is jealous of Buhari's achievements, says Presidency

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says Obasanjo's administration represented the dark days of Nigeria's democracy.

The endorsement of the Labour Party Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, by former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has continued to touch nerves.

On new year's day, Mr Obasanjo wrote an open letter to Nigerian urging them to support Peter Obi.

This endorsement has caused a reaction from Ahmed Bola Tinubu's campaign camp, and on Tuesday, the Presidency joined the attack.

On Tuesday, Garba Shehu, a senior spokesperson to Mr Muhammadu Buhari, claimed that Obasanjo was jealous of Buhari because the latter has surpassed him in development stride.

According to the statement, the Nigerian Presidency said, "Obasanjo will not stop attacking President Muhammadu Buhari because the former PResident won't stop being jealous of anyone who beats him in a new record in the nation's development process."

Olusegun Obasanjo and Muhammadu Buhari
Olusegun Obasanjo and Muhammadu Buhari

"President Buhari is ahead of Chief Obasanjo in all fields of national development, and to do that is a cardinal sin to Obasanjo, whose hallucinations tell him that he is the best ever to lead Nigeria and there will never be another one better than him," the statement reads.

The Presidency also claimed that the Second Niger Bridge that was recently completed and awaiting commission was dreamt by Obasanjo but never actually started, "Obasanjo laid the sod for the bridge in his first term as elected President and work never started."

He added, "When he sought re-election for his second term in office, he returned to the site to turn the sod for the bridge the second time. When the Obi of Onitsha, forthright and scholarly, reminded him that he had done this in the past, Obasanjo told the foremost Southeast traditional ruler that he was a liar in the full presence of the Chiefs and Oracles in his palace.

"Obasanjo lied to the Southeast to get their votes. President Buhari didn't get their votes but built the bridge because he believed it is the right thing to do."

Mr Buhari's adviser also attacked Obasanjo that he tried a third term and failed, unlike his principal, who has been "bagging awards and encomiums for trying to do that which the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria says a leader should do: serve one, or a maximum of two terms and go.

"President Buhari has been stating and restating that he will supervise a better election than the one that brought him to the office and to leave as and when due.

"Having tried tenure elongation and failed, Obasanjo's fictitious mind must be telling him that he is the one under attack."

He added, "But he is not on President Buhari's radar because experience has shown, especially lately in West Africa where there have been at least three successful coups, and many other failed attempts, that third term or tenure elongation is a recipe for political instability."

Mr Shehu also claimed Mr Buhari is the anti-corruption champion even though several reports have proved otherwise.

"The Presidency cited that "African leaders appointed President Buhari the Anti-Corruption Champion of the continent."

Adding, 'You can't be an anti-corruption champion if "you meddled and bent the rules," carrying the putrid responsibility of what happened to national assets in the name of privatization, as documented by the Nigerian Senate in 2011.'

Presidency Accused Obasanjo of massive Corruption

Accusing Mr Obasanjo of running the country's assets aground, Mr Shehu said, "As an insight, the Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria, ALSCON, which was set up with $3.2 billion, was sold to a Russian firm, "Russal, for a paltry $130million. Delta Steel, set up in 2005 at the cost of $1.5 billion, was sold to Global Infrastructure for just $30 million."

The statement also accused Obasanjo of "destabilizing internal democracy" through a series of orchestrated "impeachment after the impeachment of governors who were not compliant with his highly imperial administration," adding that Mr Obasanjo's tenure, from 1999-2007, "represented the dark days of Nigeria's democracy due to a slew of assaults on the constitution."

"The former president deployed federal machinery to remove governors Joshua Dariye, Rashidi Ladoja, Peter Obi, Chris Ngige and Ayo Fayose from office. They were the then governors of Plateau, Oyo, Anambra, Anambra and Ekiti, respectively, unjustly removed using the police and secret service under his control," he claimed.

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