[ View the story "Goodluck Jonathan rebuked by former president" on Storify] Goodluck Jonathan rebuked by former president Olusegun Obasanjo calls possible 2015 re-election run 'fatally morally flawed'.
The Stream· Thu, Dec 12 2013 10:44:26
Obasanjo holds a strong position in Jonathan's People's Democratic Party, and formerly served as head of the military government from 1976 to 1979 and as president from 1999 to 2007.
In the 18-page letter, the former president implores Jonathan to take a harsher stand on government corruption:
And if you are not ready to name, shame, prosecute and stoutly fight against corruption, whatever you do will be hollow. It will be a laughing matter.leadership.ng
He also criticises the Jonathan for failing to accept constructive criticism:
Mr . President, let me plead with you for a few things that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life. Don’t always consider critics on national issues as enemies.leadership.ng
In a separate letter leaked this week, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Lamido Sanusi
nearly $50 billion in oil revenue which should have gone to the central bank had not been paid. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation reportedly rejected the allegation. Obasanjo also critiques Jonathan for alleged missing oil revenue.
Let me repeat that as far as the issue of corruption, security and oil stealing is concerned, it is only apt to say that when the guard becomes the thief, nothing is safe, secure nor protected in the house.leadership.ng
In response to the letter, President Jonathan's media adviser Reuben Abati offered a harsh critique:
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Jonathan is unbecoming, self-serving and highly provocative. Details shortly.Reuben Abati
The President himself will, at the appropriate time, offer a full personal response to the most reckless, baseless, unjustifiable...Reuben Abati
Abati also attacked Jonathan's critics in a blog post on his personal website.
They have no original claim to their pretensions other than they were privileged to have been in the corridors of power once upon a time in their lives. They obviously got so engrossed with their own sense of importance they began to imagine themselves indispensable to Nigeria. It is dangerous to have such a navel-gazing, narcissistic group inflict themselves with so much ferocity on an otherwise impressionable public. We are in reality dealing with a bunch of hypocrites.reubenabati.com.ng
Abati's response was not well received online.
On the Obasanjo letter to GEJ, I can only say it shows the abyss to which trust in the President as degenerated. And Abati's response? Daft!Austin
Presidency Versus Obasanjo.Out of all the adjectives Abati used in dismissing Obj's allegations,"falsehood" was not one of them @ogundamisiOyeleke Akinpelu
@DoubleEph I don't even see how the people defending him manage to keep a straight face. I am just tired..Henry Okelue
Although the response from Nigerians on Twitter was overwhelmingly critical of Jonathan, many took the opportunity to criticise Obasanjo as well.
Obasanjo's letter gives me one feeling. In a drug den Old junkie saying to new wild junkie: "slow down! shooting up too fast will kill you!"Elnathan John
Obasanjo's letter to GEJ, is a case of the pot calling kettle black. But let's not forget the kettle is actually black.Che!
Obasanjo wasn't a saint himself, but of all the available evils we have left in this country, he's the safest.JFK®
Obasanjo simply can't get over the fact that he is no longer the big masquerade calling the shots in Nigeria.Olumide Iyanda
Former Nigeria president Olusegun Obasonjo has no locus standi or moral right to question the excesses of President Goodluck Jonathan government on tenure elongation.Yussuf Saheed
Still, response to Obasanjo's letter was largely positive.
Obasanjo is still our best president ever. Few steps away from been our Mandela. #AgreeOrNotOPEOLUWA IS THE NAME
In fairness to Mr. Obasanjo, he's the only civilian President in Nigeria's history who CANNOT be reasonably accused of incompetence.tolu ogunlesi
@mightyng @Funmilola I will rather you look at the content of letter than look at the container. Most of the issues raised are so true.Judd Law
@alkayy I am not even interested in Obj's character or motive. Point is that he spoke the truth. Jonathan has no business being President.Anti-Goodluck
@Ebuka We allow the cacophony of nonsensical noise to silence the issues. Focus shld be on the letter,lest we miss a teachable momentemeka nwokedi
Thanks to Opeyemi Olugbodi for alerting The Stream to this story on Facebook.
Olusegun Obasanjo Nigeria former president writes to President Goodluck Jonathan the incumbent on the state of the Nigerian Nation Opeyemi Olugbodi