Samuel Awoyinfa and Eniola Akinkuotu
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday declared that even morons would not describe the mediocre performance of President Buhari as superlative.
He made the declaration even as he distanced himself from a purported report trending on the social media that he had made a U-turn on his verdict of non-performance and had declared support for President Buhari.
He dissociated himself from the report in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Obasanjo ascribed the social media report to some elements in Buhari’s camp or his support group that was desperate to secure a second term for their principal through fair of foul means.
While he described their action as libellous, Obasanjo lamented that instead of addressing the fundamental issues of statecraft and economy, they engaged in spreading falsehoods.
Obasanjo also said he never met any labour leader in Abuja on Workers’ Day, describing any report of such as a fallacy.
The statement read in part, “It has come to the attention of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that some elements in the Muhammadu Buhari camp and or support group are desperate to secure a second term, fair or foul.
“In this desperation, everything is fair, including telling libellous lies against persons and institutions, instead of addressing the fundamental issues of statecraft and economic management.
“In the last 24 hours the Internet has been bombarded with deliberate falsehoods aimed at hoodwinking the unsuspecting Nigerians to believe that Obasanjo has now supported Buhari for his second term, because of some perceived Buhari’s ‘superlative’ performance in his encounter with Trump during his visit to the White House in Washington D.C.
“In another breath, these blackmailers insinuated that Chief Obasanjo met with some Nigeria Labour Congress leaders in his house in Abuja on Workers’ Day.
“What a pathetic fallacy! Chief Obasanjo never met any labour man or woman on May 1, 2018, to make any supposed volte-face to support Buhari.”
The former president said he was neither in Abuja on Tuesday, May 1(Workers’ Day), nor did he own a house in Abuja.
In the statement, Obasanjo reiterated that he would not endorse failure, adding that he had not shifted ground on his open letter to Buhari, which he wrote on January 23, 2018.
In the January letter, Obasanjo had scored Buhari low on economy and security, accusing him of running a clannish administration, among others.
The statement further read, “For the record, Obasanjo has not and cannot endorse failure.
“His position remains as stated in his January 23, 2018 statement on the state of the nation. Chief Obasanjo sympathises with the plight of the campaigners and supporters of Buhari.
“He doesn’t believe dishing out fake news that can only be believed by imbeciles will turn black into white.
“Nigerians know that Chief Obasanjo has only spoken the truth about widening poverty, alienation and social disunity and near disintegration of the country through Buhari’s incompetence.
“Obasanjo will continue to exercise his right to free speech and no amount of hate speech will assuage Nigerians who are in need of a brand new leadership.
“The mediocre performance of Buhari cannot be described by anybody as ‘superlative’ even by morons not the least President Obasanjo.”
On the Buhari-Trump meeting, Obasanjo explained that he saw only three points made by President Donald Trump.
He said, “From the Buhari/Trump meeting, Chief Obasanjo only saw through three points: One, the US will continue to reduce purchase of crude oil from Nigeria and there is nothing Nigeria under Buhari can do about it.
“Two, the US will export agricultural products to Nigeria and Buhari’s government will encourage that; and three, all the killings taking place in Nigeria by herdsmen are being done by expatriates trained by Gadaffi and no Nigerian is to blame and Buhari cannot do anything to stop it.
“For whatever the meeting was worth, President Buhari again bungled another opportunity to self-redeem.
“No wonder President Trump ordered him in a rather condescending manner to go back home and stop the killings going on in Nigeria!
“We hope now that Buhari will heed Trump’s advice, which hopefully will be considered non-abusive.
“Therefore, Chief Obasanjo is more convinced in his statement of January 23 and will not change his position.
“No lie, fake news dished out by these desperate and unintelligent supporters is worth believing and these misinformation cartel and social media dogs will do more damage to the flint reputation of their principal.”
Obasanjo noted that the Internet had good and bad uses, advising those abusing the Internet to desist from such barbaric act as it would only expose them to greater ridicule at the end of the day.
“Obasanjo said he would continue to speak out and he would continue to issue patriotic statements under his signature or cause them to be issued on his behalf under the signature of his media aide, Mr. Kehinde Akinyemi,” the statement added.
Attempts to speak with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, proved abortive as calls to his mobile phone rang out.
He also did not reply to a text message sent to the phone.
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