Obasanjo asking Nigerians to vote for Atiku is an insult to our collective intelligence. This assertion was made by Lt. General Alani Akinrinade in a special letter he wrote as a response to many letters and comments credited to General Olusegun Obasanjo.
Akinrinade asked With the benefit of hindsight, can anyone truly say Obasanjo’s sense of judgment in choosing leaders can be trusted?
According to him, “some of us who knew him in the military and were privileged to see him operate during the civil war know if there is one thing Obasanjo is not blessed with, it is a good sense of judgment. Nigeria unnecessarily lost thousands of soldiers because of his poor judgment at the war front.
He stressed, “but for the paucity of arms, ammunition and food, the Biafrans would have turned the tide against the Nigerian Army. Alabi Isama has done justice to this topic in his book – The tragedy of Victory – so one need not repeat.
The retired General said if one took a look at history, through the clandestine manoeuvres in 1979, he foisted on Nigeria a reluctant Shehu Shagari at the expense of a cerebral Obafemi Awolowo or Nnamdi Azikwe.
He also revealed that after his second coming, he so manipulated the electoral system such that he fraudulently installed an unhealthy Umaru Yar’Adua as president alongside another reluctant character in the person Goodluck Jonathan as the deputy.
Akinrinade stated that Obasanjo denied every other interested member of his party the opportunity to contest for the presidential position against his preferred candidate by employing all sorts of machinations including threat and blackmail.
The General who has been in the vanguard of seeing Nigeria turned better, said in 2015 Obasanjo told Nigerians Buhari was the best man for the job as he has done to every presidential candidate he installed or supported, a few years down the line, saying that it was surprising that the same Obasanjo could now be telling Nigerians that Buhari is unfit for the job again.
Akinrinade posed the following questions: What do you say to a man who once gave a damaging testimonial against an employee now coming back to tell you to employ the same employee as the CEO of your organization? What do you say to a man who once said “with what I know of Atiku, if I support him to be president of Nigeria, God will not forgive me”?
He also asked: What do you say of a man who once tore his party card in the open glare but is now promoting the same party? What do you say of a man who said he was going to create a “third force”, fooled some impressionable characters to buy into such idea and later left them in the lurch to return to his vomit?
“The bible says something about such people – “a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways”- James 1:8. Obasanjo is not a man whose judgment can be trusted. Period! I am warning Nigerians not to fall prey to Obasanjo’s antics again. Remember the saying – “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me”.
He also asked, “how many times has Obasanjo fooled Nigerians? But I don’t blame him. I blame the Nigerian media who have continued to give him an undeserved attention thereby misusing their agenda setting function”.
The retired General blamed the Nigerian media, because according to him they appeared to have forgotten they are indeed the fourth estate of the realm. “They are gatekeepers. They owe Nigerians the responsibility of keeping this irritable man where he belongs – the waste-bin of history”, he explained.
Akinrinade told Obasanjo that Nigeria did not belong to him and that he should allow Nigerians choose who they wanted and stop goading the citizenry for his own “selfish interests”