Following the New Year message by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo where he castigated President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and termed it a failure, the presidency has fired back.
Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, in a lengthy statement Monday evening replied the ex-President, saying he attacked the person of Buhari because of his track records which the former president could not match.
According to the Presidential spokesman, Obasanjo is known to be naturally jealous, hence attacks anyone who beats him to a new record in the nation’s development process.
Shehu said there is no comparison between President Buhari and Chief Obasanjo in all fields of national development a feat regarded as a cardinal sin to Obasanjo whose hallucinations tell him that he is the best ever to lead Nigeria and there will never be another one better than him. He said Buhari stands ahead of Obasanjo in every aspect.
Shehu recalled that President Buhari just completed the world class edifice that is the Second Niger Bridge after three decades of failed promises.
He said Obasanjo laid the sod for the bridge in his first term as elected President but failed to complete the work.
Also taking a swipe at the former President, Shehu noted that when he( Obasanjo) sought reelection for his second term in office, he returned to the site to turn the sod for the bridge the second time.
“When the Obi of Onitsha, boldly reminded him that he had done this in the past, Obasanjo told the foremost Southeast traditional ruler that he was a liar, in the full presence of the Chiefs and Oracles in his palace,” the presidential spokesman stated.
He accused Obasanjo of lying to the Southeast to get their votes, stressing that the incumbent President, Buhari lost their votes but mustered the courage to build the bridge because he believed it is the right thing to do.
He said Buhari has been emphasising that he will supervise a better election than the one that brought him to office and to leave as and when due.
He said, “Having tried tenure elongation and failed, Obasanjo’s fictitious mind must be telling him that he is the one under attack.
“Obasanjo is not on President Buhari’s radar because experience has shown, especially lately in West Africa where there have been at least three successful coups and many other failed attempts, that third term or tenure elongation is a recipe for political instability,” the presidency stated.