Abuja – A former Senate President, Ameh Ebute, on Tuesday lampooned former President Olusegun Obasanjo for choosing to write a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, instead of seeking an audience with him.
Ebute said he had cautioned Obasanjo when he wrote similar letter to former President Goodluck Jonathan, that it was not in the interest of the unity and peace of the nation.
The former Senate President said it was an affront on decency and decorous behaviour by publicly attempting to ridicule, malign and assault the seat of power with a repeat letter to President Buhari.
Ebute’s reaction was contained in a letter he addressed to Chief Obasanjo title, “Re: The Way Out: A Clarion Call For Coalition For Nigeria Movement”.
He lambasted Obasanjo for resorting to letter writing to his predecessors rather than seeking audience with them saying such action “smacks of mischief”.
Ebute briefed journalists in Abuja on Tuesday on the content of his letter to Obasanjo.
“In the current instance too, you have reeled out a torrent of subsisting problems and perceived deficiencies of the Buhari Presidency very hypocritically and in utmost contempt for the office and personality of President Buhari.
“It is all in veiled pursuit of your secret agenda for the absolute ruination and destruction of Nigeria, a foundation faultily laid by you between 1999 and 2007, when you served as President of the country.”
The former Senate President chided Obasanjo for imposing on Nigeria leaders who could not tackle Boko Haram head on, knowing that the seed of the insurgency was sown under his watch.
“The seeds of Boko Haram insurgency was sown under your administration in Borno and exploded, soon after you were forced to relinquish power after the failure of the infamous third term bid.
“The subsequent leaders you imposed on Nigeria could not handle the problem, until President Buhari came on board. As clever and astute as you claim in leadership, you had no solution to the puzzle of militancy in the Niger Delta or the communal clashes that plagued most communities in Nigeria.”
He urged Obasanjo to be retrospective in his view adding that no other person would have done better than what President Buhari has done considering the state he inherited the nation.
“No former President of Nigeria who knows the poor state of the economy President Buhari inherited in May 2015, would not appreciate the efforts and measures adopted in revamping the economy,” the read noted.
Senator Ebute maintained that the newfound love of the former President was rather exacerbating series of national problems, which he (Obasanjo) failed to tackle in his eight-year reign.
“The issues of poverty, insecurity, poor economic management as trumpeted in your letter have existed with Nigeria and aggravated under your reign as President.
“Precisely, poverty, hunger and disease are cardinal components of the Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs), which you claim to be spearheading efforts in the guise of “Zero Hunger” initiative; but gave no attention to it when you wielded power at Aso Rock.
“This is the pretence and deception that have become your trademark and uprooted or alienated you from Nigerians.
The letter stated further that, “No one is surprised that you disparaged President Buhari’s efforts in curbing the monster of corruption and insurgency, which flourished under your administration and became untamable, with the reserved commendation by declaring that “it is not yet Uhuru!”