Obasanjo Unwarranted Attack on President Jonathan is Odious, Repugnant and Self-serving

February 15, 2015 9:32 am

on Saturday issued a rare public rebuke of
his predecessor, , accusing him of attempting to return
to power through the backdoor by foisting an Interim National
Government on , in the hope he will be made head of the

Mr. Jonathan’s remarks followed comments by the former president on
Saturday that President Jonathan was plotting to destabilise Nigeria as
it becomes apparent he will lose upcoming elections.

Read the State House press release below:

We find the false claims and allegations reportedly made against
President Goodluck Jonathan by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday in
Abeokuta very odious and repugnant.   

As we have had cause to say before, it is most regrettable indeed that a
man like Chief Obasanjo, who should know better, chooses to repeatedly,
wantonly, and maliciously
impugn the integrity of a sitting President of his country for the primary purpose of self-promotion. 

It is obvious from Chief Obasanjo’s serial vituperations against
President Jonathan who is doing his best to positively transform Nigeria
for the benefit of all of its people that he has willfully chosen to
close his eyes to the present administration’s good works and

For reasons best known to him, Chief Obasanjo has set his mind on regime
change by fair or foul means. Otherwise, it would be completely
senseless, irrational and out of place for Chief Obasanjo, who still
claims to belong to the same party as the President, to accuse President
Jonathan of plotting to win the rescheduled presidential elections by
“hook or crook” and planning to plunge the nation into crisis if he
loses the election. 

For the record, President Jonathan has no such intention and will
continue to give the greatest possible support to the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other relevant federal agencies
to ensure that the rescheduled elections are successfully conducted.
Indeed, it is not President Jonathan who remains faithful to his oath of
office who is trying to plunge Nigeria into crisis, but Chief Obasanjo
who is scheming to plunge the country into chaos in pursuit of a selfish
and highly egocentric agenda. 

Chief Obasanjo’s plot with others within and outside the country to
thwart the general elections and foist an unconstitutional Interim
National Government, which he hopes to head on the nation is well known
to us, but by the Grace of God Almighty, his odious plan to return to
power through the back door will fail woefully. 

We know very well that it is in pursuit of this nefarious plot that the
former President continues to sow the seeds of discord and crises in the
polity by purporting to remain in the ruling party while openly
consorting with the opposition, endorsing its candidates and predicting
victory for opposition candidates in a manner most unbecoming of a
supposed elder statesman. Thankfully, the vast majority of Nigerians who
are patriotic and right-thinking cannot be fooled by Chief Obasanjo’s

We urge them to be assured that President Jonathan’s commitment to
democracy in all its ramifications remains constant and that he will
never be party to the use of any unlawful means to remain in office or
gain political advantage over his opponents. The President stands by his
commitment, which he reaffirmed on national television last Wednesday
that on his watch, all elections in Nigeria, will be free, fair and
credible, and that all certified election results will be respected. 

As President Jonathan has also assured the nation, the rescheduling of
the general elections was in the best interest of the nation and was
never driven by any ulterior motive on the part of government as Chief
Obasanjo and others have alleged. President Jonathan will continue to
put his best efforts into giving Nigeria quality leadership and will not
be distracted from his purpose by unwarranted and needless criticism by
persons who ought to know better. 

The President also continues to trust in the good judgment of Nigerians
and to believe that in appreciation of his sincere efforts to move the
country forward over the past four years, they will re-elect him for a
second term on March 28, 2015 with a mandate to pursue his agenda for
national transformation to a successful conclusion.   

Reuben Abati Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) February 14, 2015

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