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Obasanjo Should Have Discussed With Buhari Privately, Says Tinubu


National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has criticised former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the special statement he wrote in which he scored the present government low in its performance so far.

Tinubu who was displeased with the manner of approach by the former President said he ought to have addressed the issues privately with President Buhari and therefore, accused him of playing politics.

Tinubu made this known on Friday while addressing journalists in Owerri the Imo state capital, while on his way to the final burial of former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme.

“I believe that would have been the conversation between the retired military Heads of State. They have unfettered access to each other either through the Council of State or any other means; he could have seen the President privately.

“They both had the same background. He (Obasanjo) was also his senior in the army. I think Obasanjo was playing politics with the public letter. That is all I see. They also met at the African Union meeting too. He has a way of discussing with the President any time he wants,” Tinubu said.

In the statement made available to the public on January 23, 2018, the former president advised President Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.

He also proposed a new movement – Coalition for Nigeria and called on well-meaning Nigerians to join as he believes it will “salvage and redeem” the nation.

Days after, the movement was officially launched, with the likes of the former governor of Cross River state Donald Duke and Osun state, Olagunsoye Oyinlola showing support.

When asked of his opinion on the recent development, the APC leader said he would give his comments at the appropriate time.

The ruling party (APC) in its response to the statement disagreed with some of the points made by the past president on the state of the polity.

It, however, noted that it will take responsibility, take the valuable lessons, and continue to improve.

The party also expressed confidence that regardless of the current challenges, the future is bright.

While it appears that the statement reflects certain levels of consensus within society, Nigerians are patiently waiting to see if the President will eventually heed the advice of the former president or seek re-election.

On the other hand, with the official launch of the Coalition for Nigeria movement which Obasanjo says will not be a political party, many are also eager to see how much influence its activities will have on the state of the polity.