By ‘Dotun Akintomide
Beyond wordy press statement, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, who released a bombshell against incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, may internationalise his opposition against the president.
The former Nigerian leader, who is at African Union (AU) event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today, is likely to commence the international dimension of opposition to Buhari’s second term bid, Nigerian Tribune reports.
It was gathered that the former president was already in the Ethiopian capital ahead of the scheduled event.
“The former president is not a man known for speaking tongue in cheek. Once he launches out, he is determined to see through whatever project, the same way he launched out against former President Goodluck Jonathan. He started by sending emissaries to him not to seek re-election but Jonathan rebuffed that.
“He wrote the 2013 letter; ‘Before it is too late,’ which marked the launch of the decimation of Jonathan’s government. A similar game is playing out here,” a source said.
“I can assure you that the incumbent government has a huge hill to climb once Obasanjo has launched out, especially as he has also drawn Buhari’s immediate predecessor, Jonathan, who has emerged the hero of peaceful elections in Nigeria as an ally in the new bid. Jonathan is also a frequent guest to many world leaders and international bodies.”
The former president had, in a special press statement on Tuesday, asked President Buhari not to seek re-election but to go home and rest.
But the Presidency, in a tempered reply through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, said Obasanjo was largely unaware of the achievements of the administration because of his frequent travels.