A civil society, Citizen Action for Good Governance (CAGG) has berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo, alleging that his inability to tele-guide President Muhammad Buhari was responsible for the recent utterances against the administration.
The group also described as unfortunate and disheartening the endorsement of Obasanjo’s outburst by the Nobel Laureate, Professor Woke Soyinka. It alleged that Soyinka’s condemnable statement was inciting and capable of causing chaos and lawlessness.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, the National Coordinator of the group, Nazir Galadanchi said both Obasanjo and Soyinka were playing to the gallery when the duo as elder statesmen can adopt a more decent way rather than throwing decency and civility to the dogs.
The CAGG boss said his group was disturbed and disappointed by Obasanjo’s utterances and scheming against the present administration, accusing him legion of misdeeds and atrocities while he was in power.
The group which itemised 11 “sins” against the former national leader during his 8 year rule and argued that, “Obasanjo’s antagonistic disposition toward President Buhari and his government (and indeed all other administrations before and after his) is well known.
“It is very clear however, that ever since he failed to tele-guide President Muhammadu Buhari to do his biddings and accede to his selfish and self-serving requests. Obasanjo has been unrelenting, even compulsive and pathological attacks, sometimes throwing decency and civility to the dogs and portraying himself as one driven by extreme and unchecked malice and bitterness.
“We want to state unequivocally that Obasanjo has injured the unity of Nigeria, run down the economy, which worsened the economic situation of Nigeria and Nigerians and that led to myriad of problems and his cronies massively and terribly looted and ruined the economy before that created unprecedented poverty in the country.
“How can Obasanjo say Nigeria is more divided than ever? He has been the god-father who did not mean well for the progress of the country based on his king-making role that gave Nigerians leaders who were not ready for leadership because he wants to control the affairs of Nigeria from his sitting room.”
On Professor Soyinka, the group said, “it is also unfortunate and disheartening to hear from the respected Nobel Laureate, Prof. Woke Soyinka, making statement in support of Obasanjo that Nigeria neat extinction. This is condemnable and unacceptable because these statements from Soyinka are basically to incite Nigerians and make the Nation lawless.
“We want to mention here that Soyinka is supposed not to make unfounded statements that are unpopular. Nigeria is not in the state of disarray not extinction as he claimed because the Buhari-led administration has done what other administrations could not do for the past 21 years of democracy in Nigeria.”
The group then called on all well-meaning Nigerians to team up and complement government’s efforts rather than heating up the polity with utterances.