A former Senate President, Ameh Ebute, yesterday lamented that the kind of letter written to successive Nigerian presidents by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo are such that can instigate the people against government of the day.
This was as he insisted that Obasanjo is the one causing trouble in the country in view of his recent special press statement to President Muhammadu Buhari and other letters he had written to former Nigerian leaders.
While describing Obasanjo’s latest outburst as a case of corruption fighting back, he pointed out that the ex-president is pushing corruption back in the country at a time the current administration is pushing the scourge away.
The Third Republic Senate President, who spoke while briefing journalists in Abuja, said Nigerians would recall that he had always been the one replying Obasanjo’s letters to leaders, insisting that the latest letter was not written in good faith.
He said: “Chief Obasanjo has written quite a number of such letters and if you keep track of the responses to such letters, I am the one that has been replying those letters and I want to give a reply this one. I wrote a reply to Chief Obasanjo’s letter because I am of the opinion that as an elder statesman, he should be more concerned in making peace rather than causing trouble in the country.
“The type of letters he has been writing to heads of state, including Buhari and Jonathan, are capable of instigating members of the public against government. But, I think it is the wrong way in correcting the government of one’s country. Obasanjo has all the opportunities to meet Buhari privately in his office in Aso Rock, advise him without going to the media, to tell him what the government is not doing well and what the government has done well. I think that is the proper way to advise government in good faith.
“When you write an open letter for the generality of people to read, I agree that the intention is not in good faith.”
Ebute also said Obasanjo, who had at different times been the head of state and president, is in a better position to correct the ills and odds he enumerated in his letter to Buhari.
“He spent eight years in office, unable to achieve, unable to make the corrections that he is pointing out now. For eight years, wanted a third term which he failed (to get) and now, not allowing other people to perform. I take it as not allowing other people to perform. So, I take serious objection to that.”