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Kukah, Bakare Express Divergent Views On Obasanjo’s Letter To Jonathan

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OBJ's letterThe Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, and the Convener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Pastor Tunde Bakare, yesterday gave divergent views on the open letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan.

Though Bishop Kukah admitted reading only the first and last pages of the letter, he said the reactions it has generated in the polity was an indication that the contents conveyed personal rather than national interests.

The respected clergy, who spoke at a memorial service in the first year remembrance of the late Kaduna State Governor, Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa in Kaduna, said there are procedures for removing a sitting President from office.

According to him, apart from a coup, another way to acquire political power is through an election.

He said: “I am sure some of you have read Obasanjo’s letter. I was one of the first people to get the letter, but not from Obasanjo. I read page one and the conclusion. I have not read the rest. You hear politicians tell you about the threat of doom and bloodshed.

“When food is almost ready, very bitter political enemies who have not been talking will begin to talk, because food is almost ready. So far, there is corruption, the erosion of integrity, the corrosion that passes authority in Nigeria. We have not even come close to what politics is. We have bandits and all kinds of people who want only the key.

“We must continue to pray for Nigeria because we are rescinding and have forgotten what our overall objective should be.

“(Former South African President Nelson) Mandela is dead and Nigeria had better adjust itself very quickly to take its rightful position.

“There are rules to every game. You want to be President; there is a date. You don’t want somebody to be President; there is a process. Short of a coup, there is no other way of accessing power, except through an election.

“For me, what lies before us is not about President Goodluck Jonathan, because even if he stays for 20, he will go one day. But really, we should wake up.

“The idea is that somebody moved from this party to that party or going and coming from Abuja. All of us who are fooling ourselves will soon be left stranded when the matter is settled”.

In his own reaction to the letter, Pastor Bakare, who was running mate to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) in the 2011 general elections, urged President Jonathan to respond to the allegations raised by the former president in his letter even though Mr. Obasanjo lacked the credibility to speak on national issues.

Bakare spoke in Ogba, Ikeja, during a church service at his Latter Rain Assembly.

The lawyer-turned pastor also advised Mr. Jonathan to respond to the weighty allegations before the year 2013 runs out.

“President Jonathan should respond to the letter. He should not wait until January to do so; he should respond now. We may discredit the messenger but we cannot discredit the message”.

 

 

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  1. mike

    December 16, 2013 at 10:04 am

    President Goodluck should not have himself distracted by the baseless letter written by obasanjo. He should concentrate in doing the good work he is doing for Nigeria. God is the jurge of all. As most poeple had stated that obasanjo is not credible so also is his letter and he should be arrested for trying to destroy this Country with such dirty,shameful,unpatrotic letter. Am totaly disappointed in obasanjo.

    • Baba Iyabo

      December 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

      I totally agree with you.

  2. Concerned

    December 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Both the message and the messenger are coming in bad fate to destroy and not to uphold the interest of the nation. Obasanjo should know better than the security implications of his utterance. If he knows the camp where people are being trained for ulterior purposes let him share that information at NEC meeting since he is a member Again has he not in his time as president been guilty of what he was alleging
    I am among those who will ask President Jonathan to reply the letter while at the same time using the content of the letter to consolidate on his grip of authority as the Commander In Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. Obasanjo was Goodluck is. The former is not superior to the later. In all wisdom is the principal thing

  3. OYEBOLA

    December 16, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    General Obasanjo is a God given first political and security police man of Nigeria, he is a man of unbeatable characters, he never said anything he had no fact and figures for, all his critics in Jonathan government are mere political alleluyah boys who knows next to nothing but how to steal. I strongly advise president Jonathan to respond to the letter in an honourable and sincere manner because if Obasanjo is push to the wall, he will bring out fact and figures your political alleluyah boys are demanding for and it will be too disastrous to your government and by extention bring your political careers to halt.

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother's Death

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Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent a condolence message to Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde over the passing away of his mother.

Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.

The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.

Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:

“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.

While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”

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