Obasonjo’s Letter to Buhari Launched Nigeria into a Season of Open Letters - eritvnews

Obasonjo’s Letter to Buhari Launched Nigeria into a Season of Open Letters

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasonjo, may have won in the past when he stole the stage to unseat presidents, but this generation being separated by the wide gap between the youth and the elders in Nigerian Politics who refused to let the young generations play.  The fight for disintegration may have started with Obasonjo’s letter to Buhari.

In Lagos, what is turning out to be a season of open letters, daughter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Iyabo, ruled out further communication with her father till death, describing him as a liar, manipulator, two-faced hypocrite determined to foist on President Goodluck Jonathan what no one would contemplate with him as president. Senator Iyabo Obasanjo in a letter to her father accused him of having an egoistic craving for power and living a life where only men of low esteem and intellect thrive.

Olusegun Obasanjo and Iyabo Obasanjo In the 11-page letter dated December 16, 2013, Iyabo accused her father of orchestrating a third term for himself as president, cruelty to family members, abandonment of children and grandchildren, and also, a legendary reputation of maltreatment of women. Iyabo who forswore further political engagements in Nigeria denied any political motive for her missive, and described Nigeria as a country where her father and his ilk have helped to create a situation where smart, capable people bend down to imbeciles to survive.

She particularly noted her experience as chairman of the Senate Committee on Health when she led the committee on a retreat appropriated for in the budget only for her to be prosecuted for it. Iyabo, first child of the former president, started the letter titled, Open Letter to my Father with a 4th century Chinese proverb by Mencius which states: “The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.”

The old letter becomes necessary to politicians who dug into the history of political letter writing to annul the effect of Obasanjo’s letter. In as much as Nigeria faces a difficult  change this time around, it has also becomes necessary to remind Obasonjo that he has been Nigeria does not belong to him.


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