Daughter of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Iyabo has come hard on detractors currently recirculating a letter written in 2013 wherein she criticised her father. She advised Nigerians to be wary of any attempt to recirculate her 2013 letter and pass it off as recent and genuine.
Few days after the former president in a “special statement” outlined the undoings of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, and asked the incumbent not to seek re-election in 2019, the former senator’s letter was exhumed and redistributed over the weekend by persons suspected to be sponsored by the current administration.
Newsworth recalls that Obasanjo had on Tuesday accused the Buhari administration of incompetence, nepotism, corruption as he proposed a new coalition for Nigeria that will herald economic and social development for the country.
In a statement issued on Saturday night, the former First Daughter said the Buhari administration should rather focus on and heed the content of the letter of her father, who she described as “one of the most brilliant leaders to ever emerge in modern Africa”.
She accused the government of sponsoring the recirculation of her scathing letter to her father, saying those who should “benefit from the advice and admonishment of one of the most brilliant leaders to ever emerge in modern Africa have resorted to a cheap tactic that further reiterates the message that they found abhorrent enough to start looking for unconnected issues to put together to make their point.”
Iyabo urged the President to abide by calls on him to step aside in 2019, asserting that a person person listens to wherever help and advice comes from.
“Those who re-published the old letter should have spent time to respond to the content of the said statement which called for President Buhari to retire in 2019,” Ms. Obasanjo said, adding that Buhari’s failing health condition should dissuade him from running in 2019.
She continued, “I agree with the open letter and I hope Africa will emerge from its current dwindling fortunes and become a leading nation in the world.
“It is tiring to continue to be part of Nigerian conversation when there’s no positive impact to it.
“I really do not want to be part of it, as I’ve found over and over again that speech and words are wasted on people who have no understanding of responsibility on us as black people on this planet.”