Afenifere chieftain, Mr. Yinka Odumakin has described Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s 18-page letter to President Goodluck Jonathan as nothing but the manifest of a coup in the making.
Odumakin who spoke on Channels Television said the content of the letter suggests that the generals including Obasanjo and Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Gen. T.Y, Danjuma whom he copied have met to piece their thoughts together, warning that Nigerians must take their destiny into their hands and not allow Obasanjo and the other generals to drag the country into another military era.
“All they try to do since 1996, they take the country and resolve it their own ways; we should not allow that to happen. Nigerians must take charge of their country. We must not allow Babangida and his group of generals to provide solution to this country. They want to seize our tomorrow. These coup people when they come, they make their good speech and when they come, they do worse. Don’t allow, Obasanjo and Babangida to take our destiny. Nigeria must stand on their feet and take their destiny in their own hands”, he said.
He said the military is usually very good in pointing out errors but end up becoming worst than ever. For him, Obasanjo is good at manipulating events in his interest pointing out that the Abeokuta general does nothing in the interest of the nation but for selfish reasons.
While urging the President to react to the allegations which he described as grievous, he added that Nigeria is in grave danger if the allegations are true. He described the letter as an attempt by Obasanjo to launder his image, adding that for every finger Obasanjo pointed to Jonathan, the rest four fingers point back at him.
He noted that Obasanjo squandered billions on his third time agenda and that Obasanjo who assured the generals who brought him forward to run as President that he would do only one term as condition to run reneged on his vow only to run for a second term and attempt a third term, wondering why he is championing integrity when he lacked none.
“Obasanjo’s actions are always predicated on ulterior motives, Soldiers catch in on the mood of the nation to hatch an agenda”, he said adding that the way attacks on the President occurred suggest that Nigerians are being programmed ahead for an eventuality, with Tambuwal kicking off the attack, followed by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi only to be rounded up with Obasanjo’s letter, he said and warned the nation to be weary of the grand plot.
He said that nobody knows what happened in the NNPC during the eight year that Obasanjo held sway as President having made himself Petroleum Minister. On allegations of killer squad, the Afenifere chieftain, said the same felon, Obasanjo is accusing Jonathan of using was used by Obasanjo against Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
He explained that it was while Obasanjo was in power that former Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige was killed, and he did nothing about it in addition to Marshall Harry, and Dikibo adding that the letter may be a pandora box to launch an inquiry into some of the murder in the past up to Dele Giwa.
He said that Obasanjo had close to nothing while he was seeking office only to amass stupendous wealth after eight years on the throne, with a university to crown it up.
He said it is an irony that Obasanjo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who called themselves thieves on television as a result of fraud in the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) have become allies in speaking about corruption. He said Nigeria will be in great trouble if they allow Obasanjo to become the heart of the nation.
He said the motive of the letter is suspect adding that Obasanjo’s letter will not set Nigeria on the right part. He said the letter was the handiwork of former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fanikayode. Also speaking, the former aviation minister said Obasanjo’s letter signified the end of the Jonathan regime, calling on Nigerians to look beyond the messenger.