By Emmanuel Mogbede /Abuja
The Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum has attributed former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s latest attack to President Muhammadu Buhari’s recognition of June 12 and his decision to give MKO Abiola, the winner of the election the highest national honour of GCFR.
“It is now obvious that the posthumous national recognition and honour given Chief M.K.O. Abiola by Buhari and the declaration of June 12, as Democracy Day have become the rudest shock for Obasanjo to bear,” said a spokesman of the group, Akin Malaolu.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari has been more democratic than the three previous presidents before him.
The Forum was reacting to the recent alarm by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that plans were being plotted to frame him by the President Buhari-led Federal Government for crimes he did not commit.
Malaolu, who described Obasanjo`s alarm as quite strange, said; “if anything at all was tormenting him, it must be karma that knows his face and has his addresses.’’
“If Civil Society Organisations call for Nigeria’s anti corruption agencies to urgently revisit the 16 billion dollars Obasanjo Electricity and Power Development Contracts, will that now be deemed that Buhari is plotting to kill Obasanjo. `
‘`When Obasanjo was calling on Nigerians not to re-elect Buhari come 2019, there was nothing seen as wrong with his inciting and national destabilisation acts and declarations,’’ Malaolu said.
He recalled that when Obasanjo was in power, nobody could have tried to do to him what he had been doing to bring down successive governments.
He added that Obasanjo had forgotten that he and many officers were unwilling guests at the country`s diverse detention facilities because of their unbecoming and national destabilisation acts during late Gen. Sani Abacha`s military regime.
The forum`s secretary-general, however, said that it was time to let the likes of Obasanjo to understand that without them, Nigeria would be a better country to live in.
“We must caution Nigerians not to allow themselves get hoodwinked by liars in the country, who know how to turn things around and make it seem like they loved the truth for the sake of the truth. Nigerians must not be quick to believe what Obasanjo said, because lies spread quicker than the truth,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obasanjo had accused the President Buhari-led administration of plotting to slam false charges on him to pave the way for his indefinite detention.
Obasanjo had in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi on Friday, said the government was planning to use fake documents and witnesses against him to achieve its motive.
The claim was the latest twist after weeks of bitter exchanges between the two leaders, who fell apart after Obasanjo accused President Buhari`s government of under-performing and advised him not to seek re-election in 2019. (NAN)