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You Have Served Your Term, Go Home And Be Quiet – Bolaji Akinyemi To Obasanjo Over Peter Obi’s Endorsement

In his New Year’s message and letter, former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared his support for Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate for the 2023 general election, an act that has stirred a lot of reactions. A Former minister of external affairs Bolaji Akinyemi has responded by criticising Obasanjo.

In an interview with Channels Television, Akinyemi made this claim.

Recall that Obasanjo, in his letter, “My Appeal to all Nigerians, particularly young Nigerians,”   urged youths to be more deliberate about the choices they make, adding that the 2023 elections should not be taken for granted.

According to Akinyemi, who is a professor of political science, the former president is “part of the foundation of the problems” of the country, also, he believes that Obasanjo should have stayed away from politics at end of his term as president.

He dismissed the comment that the focus should be on Obasanjo’s message rather than his personality or records while in office.

Akinyemi said, “Some of us believe he (referring to Obasanjo) is also part of the foundation of the problems that we have in this country.”

“One of the things I had said is once you have occupied the post of president and served your term, go home, and be like General Gowon, General Abdulsalami. Just be quiet, you have had your term, you have had your innings, to use a cricket language. Let others get on.”

“But for you to create problems for us and then you come back and present yourself as a problem solver, I find it difficult to swallow.”

“I know there are people who say, ignore the messenger, focus on the message. I’m sorry; I’m a political scientist that doesn’t rub with me as a political scientist. I’m sure whoever came up with that must be a politician, who does not want people to look back into his own record.”

Also, a former member of the House of Representatives, Usman Bugaje, questioned Obasanjo’s probity about counseling Nigerians on who to vote for, stressing that the former president tried to extend his tenure by attempting to change the constitution during his time as president.

He said Nigerians should be advised on issues that must guide them to vote for a particular candidate, adding that the country needs serious leadership.

“First, former President Obasanjo is entitled to his opinion. All of us are entitled to our opinions. He is a free citizen. He can make his choices public and try to persuade those we want to persuade,” he said.

“I would have been interested in his criteria — how he arrived at these Objective criteria. But as Professor Akinyemi said, you don’t just look at what he is saying; you look at his own records.”

He said, “I’m afraid his record doesn’t quite encourage me to take whatever he says objectively. I was in the national assembly when he tried to extend his tenure by changing the constitution. We had to stand up to him in that respect.”

“I won’t find him as the kind of person I can trust in some of the things he says. But He is free to say those things,” he added.

 

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  • by mickykarim
    Posted January 2, 2023 5:05 pm 0Likes

    The Prof. got it right and hit the right nail right on the right spot!

    ANTYTHING ENDORSED BY THE Otta BRUTE REMAINS TANITED.

    Obasanjo is a poisonous element in all ramifications. And, by the way which political clout does he possess. Including which election has Obasanjo won to qualify him as a veritable positive endorser of anybody in Nigerian political space.

    Peter Obi IS AT LIBERTY TO HAVE ALL OF THE PORSONS HE COULD GET FROM THE Obasanjo GARB. IT CHANGES NOTHING IN THE NIGERAIN POLITICAL LANDSCAPE.

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