5 Main Things We Learnt From Jonathan’s Reply To OBJ

By on February 16, 2015
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President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday in a statement issued by his special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, reacted to the allegation made by former president Olusegun Obasanjo of his maladministration.

From his response to the allegation, we learnt a few things;

Firstly, rather than address the issue in the allegation of OBJ, Jonathan said “the allegations are odious and repugnant” stating that OBJ who should know better, chooses to repeatedly, wantonly, and maliciously impugn the integrity of a sitting President of his country for the primary purpose of self-promotion.

Secondly, Jonathan went on to also issue his own allegation, thereby saying he was aware of a plot by OBJ to thwart the forthcoming general elections and impose an unconstitutional Interim National Government, which he hopes to head, on the nation.

Thirdly, thepresidency stated that he is still loyal and faithful to his oath of office and further accused that OBJ is the one who wants to plunge the country into crisis. “Indeed, it is not President Jonathan who remains faithful to his oath of office who is trying to plunge Nigeria into crisis, but Chief Obasanjo who is scheming to plunge the country into chaos in pursuit of a selfish and highly egocentric agenda,” he said.jonathan-chat

Fourthly, he further accused OBJ as the one who continues to sow the seeds of discord and crises in the polity by purporting to remain in the ruling party while openly consorting with the opposition, endorsing its candidates and predicting victory for opposition candidates in a manner most unbecoming of a supposed elder statesman.

Lastly, he reassures Nigerians of his commitment to the country stating that rescheduling of the general elections was in the best interest of the nation and was never driven by any ulterior motive on the part of government as Chief Obasanjo and others have alleged. “President Jonathan will continue to put his best efforts into giving Nigeria quality leadership and will not be distracted from his purpose by unwarranted and needless criticism by persons who ought to know better,” he stressed.

With the accusations on both parties, it all boils down to politics and it should not be forgotten that Jonathan rules from OBJ’s school of thought.