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Obasanjo Attacks Jonathan Again, Says ‘When The Head’s Rotten, The Whole Body Is Useless’

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GEJ-OBJA week after he rated President Goodluck Jonathan’s performance as ‘below average’, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has again launched a verbal missile at the present administration, saying its actions put Nigeria’s democracy at great risk.

Speaking at a book launch in honor of the pioneer chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offenses Commission, ICPC, Justice Mustapha Akanbi (retd.) at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja on Wednesday, Obasanjo, who was Chairman of the occasion advised Mr. Jonathan to stop encouraging “verbal violence, which may not physically hurt, but has ways of degenerating into physical violence”.

The former president, who warned that the greatest undoing of any administration would be the attempt to destroy opposition of all sorts, which invariably means destroying democracy, said: “Management of democracy without resorting to brute force and dictatorial tendencies must be cultivated”.

He continued: “As a leader, you must not deliberately do evil or condone evil. You should know that you will one day give account to God; you may cover up here, but before God, there is no cover up”.

Mr. Obasanjo also took on the administration in other areas such as the handling of the ravaging Boko Haram insurgency, corruption, the economy and youth unemployment.

According to him, Boko Haram is not out to “frustrate anyone’s political efforts” and lamented that it took President Jonathan years to fully grasp the motive of the insurgents.

On corruption, perceived to have grown to unimaginable proportions under the present dispensation, the ex-Nigerian leader simply said: “When the head is rotten, the whole body is useless”.

On state of the economy, Chief Obasanjo said Nigeria would continue to sink deeper and that the federal government is not telling Nigerians the whole truth about the state of the economy.

According to him, “the economy is in doldrums, if not in reverse”.

As of the time of publishing this report, the Presidency is yet to respond to Mr. Obasanjo’s latest statement.

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  1. @geo_yurmie

    November 26, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    The truth they said is bitter.i respect the office of the president but the truth be said this administration is full of deceit!!! Largest economy in Africa only on paper.when a man attain a position he is not prepared for what else do u expect from such fellows. I don’t blame Jonathan and his people…I blame Nigerians who casted. sympathy vote forgetting that a man who has no shoes would loot the treasury to acquire one

  2. Kingsley Onos

    November 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    What kind of country are we living in?look at the biggest and most corrupt ex president accusing GEJ.Most of the problems bedeviling this nation 2day were institutionalized during OBJ’s tenure as President!If he has suggestions or contributions to help tackle the issues at hand he should bring them forth and stop aggravating them.And by d way if wants 2 join the bandwagon of the APC he is very free so that we will know that he is now in APC!

  3. Mercy

    November 26, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    @ Kingsley God bless u wit dat comment,i wonder how people think sometimes

  4. Julius

    November 26, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    The comments coming from OBJ is not a true reflection of a successful past leader of a country as great as Nigeria. The idea of making provocative comments at every opportunity leaves much to be desired. He did worst things by introducing politics of rancour, hate and acrimony. He encouraged impeachment of governors without minding the quorum. He introduced bribery of legislators among other ugly trends that have paved way for high level of corrupt practices in the country today

  5. richy

    November 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    OBJ is a lager nd a Stupid Man. He has had his chance, let him leave others to run theirs. He isn’t the only ex head of state 9ja has, so why can’t he keep to his business and leave the affairs of the country in the hands of the president like his colleagues. I see no reason for him trying to be relevant in this present political dispensation. I second your opinion @Kingsley.

  6. samuel

    November 26, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Those of you raining curses & abusive words on OBJ should wait till after 2015(dats if GEJ is re-elected) & face d music,den u’ll understand d movie…let’s leave tribe & religion out of dis: is our dear naija really moving Forward under dis present administration???????!!!!! Abeg we all need a change in dis country bcos I’m really tired of “same old story”…dear GOD(our CREATOR) pls do come to our rescue.

  7. donkly

    November 26, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Wow I luv dat comment samual why is people vry crazy

  8. James

    November 26, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    The problems militating against Nigeria is as old as Nigeria itself,many governments have come and gone,yet these problems persist,successive govt left these challenges unattended to and sadly they’ve snowballed into gigantic issues during GEJ’s tenure,If Obj really knew the solutions to Nigeria’s problems,why didnt he solve them during his tenure,would GEJ have inherited these age-long and enormous problems if he had done well as his predecessor? He ruled with very little to show for,let him leave Nigerians to make comparisons between his administration and Goodluck’s…He cant be judge and jury same time.

  9. YUSUF

    November 26, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Most Nigerians are so stupid and very myopic in their reasonings. Can u pple compare this regime wt obj’s regime? Gej remains the worst president Nigeria will ever produced.A regime soaked in the blood of innocent Nigerians. Nemesis will catch up wt jonathan and his cohorts for destabilising Nigeria

  10. isu

    November 27, 2014 at 6:27 am

    This is a sensitive situation we are into. 4get wot u,Gej or Obj said,d fact is dt Nigerians are not compatible. We shuld support GEJ to complete this tenure & wt our vote we can make him to continue or to pack his load. We’ve had many past heads-of-state which GEJ will b one of them later.
    Obj shuld not say who performed better/worse after all many still accuse him on different occasions.
    With wept happened during Osun state election, Obj is directly working for APC
    If he is in APC he shuld stop interfering with PDP program…at least he is now a preacher

  11. prom

    November 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I still get shocked when I hear or read people galvanizing support for OBJ (case of kettle calling new pot black). OBJ never got or even allowed the kind of oppositions that GEJ has been battling with. Truth is d foundation for what today is a hydra-headed dragon (boko haram) was laid during his tenure, and he condoned the injustice that initiated it. I get sick anytime OBJ (with his inhumane disposition to governance) comes out from his cocoon to judge the doctors trying to cure the malaise he invented or nurtured. Let Nigerians decide: we are not blind nor deaf. Nigerians will Decide!

  12. samento

    December 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I will never cause obj as other people did but I will only pray to God to remove bad leader for us and provide us God fearing to rule us in 2015 because we have tied of incompetent president.

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Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Akeredolu Removes Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.

This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.

Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

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According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.

Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

Peter Obi

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis.

Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections.

The former Anambra State Governor stated during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

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He expressed that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.

Obi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing Nigerians for the impact of COVID-19, stating the monies borrowed by this government were not properly put to use.

“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty.

“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty,” Obi said.

 

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed that the Federal Government should reconsider the 2021 budget owing to the recession.

Nigeria officially entered into its worst economic recession in 33 years after the nation recorded a GDP contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.

He stated that Nigeria is broke and cannot afford the luxurious items in the N13.08 trillion budget proposal.

Atiku in a Twitter thread on Sunday stated that COVID-19 only complicated an existing economic problem.

Atiu went on to express that had President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration listened to advice, the recession could have been avoided.

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“We could have avoided this fate by a disciplined and prudent management of our economy.”

“This could have been avoided had this administration taken heed to the patriotic counsel given by myself and other well-meaning Nigerians on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day, and avoiding profligate borrowing,” Atiku said.

He further said that now is not the time to trade blames but to focus on ways to manage the situation and called on Buhari’s government to “swallow its pride, and accept its limitations, so that they can open their minds to ideas, without caring who the messenger is.”

 

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