Ex-President Jonathan Visits IBB, Abdulsalami Abubakar

JonathanFormer Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, paid a visit to former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) and former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd) at their Hilltop homes in Minna, the Niger state capital.

Journalists were not allowed into the meetings but Channels Television learnt that the immediate past president arrived first at the home of General IBB about 11am where he spent about one hour before he proceeded to the home of General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd).

IBB reportedly received ex-President Jonathan at his private living room, and not the usual venue where he received visitors.

Dr. Jonathan was accompanied by the former Minister of State for Finance, Bashar Yuguda from Zamfara state and former Chief of Staff, Mike Okhiadome from Edo state.

The former leaders held a closed-door meeting for about 40 minutes while Bashar Yuguda and Mike Okhiadome waited in another section of the house.

According to sources, the discussions may not be unconnected with the postponed Edo governorship election, the 2019 elections and the present situation in the People Democratic Party (PDP) although IBB has announced that he was leaving active politics.

It was further gathered that the duo of IBB and Abdulsalami, in their separate meetings with Jonathan, must have discussed issues concerning the ongoing attacks in the Niger Delta area by the Niger Delta Avengers militant group and the need to resolve the crisis.

Buhari Will Probe Jonathan’s Government Only – Presidency

TherBuharie is now a confirmation that the Presidency is ready to commence probe of ministers and other government officials who served under the President Jonathan’s administration.

The Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to the President, Mr Femi Adesina, told Channels Television on Thursday that it would only make sense to look into the activities of the immediate past government rather than delving into all other administration.

According to Mr Adesina, “it would be a distraction for the President to begin digging into all former administrations but for a proper take-off of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, there is the need to look into the immediate past government.”

He, however, made it clear that it is not a witch hunt, as only persons who looted the country’s funds would be made to return such loots.

He explained further that President Buhari would not waste time in probing the administrations of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdulsalam Abubakar, Sani Abacha and Ibrahim Babangida.

Mr Adesina described the outcome of the President’s official visit to the U.S. as “a roaring success on every side”.

Peace Committee Challenges Nigerian Army On Governorship Polls

abdulsalamiFormer Head of State and Chairman of the National Peace Committee for the 2015 general elections, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has challenged the Nigerian Army to replicate its March 28 performance during the governorship elections fixed for April 11.

Speaking in Abuja while on a working visit to the Defence Headquarters, General Abubakar commended the armed forces for their role in the presidential election and for the successes achieved in combating terrorists in the north east part of the country.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, who received members of the committee reaffirmed the commitment and loyalty of the Nigerian Armed Forces to civil rule, saying the era of military rule is gone forever.

Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello Writes Bashing Letter To Father

After Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s critical letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, his daughter Iyabo Obasanjo has allegedly sent him an equally scathing letter.

Senator Iyabo Obasanjo in a letter to her father allegedly accused him of having an egoistic craving for power and living a life where only men of low esteem and intellect thrive.

In the 11-page letter dated December 16, 2013 exclusively obtained by Vanguard online, 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.”

Immediate Denial

However in a swift reaction, the former Senator denied writing the letter claiming “Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo is the best father in the world”.

She was alleged to have made the claims on a radio station.

She was quoted as saying that “I did not write any letter to my father”, insisting that “I have never seen or heard this sort of fabrication in my entire life!”

“I, IYABO OBASANJO never contemplate writing a letter to my Loving Father. I speak with him almost on a daily basis. “Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo is the best father in the world. He gave birth to me, he raised me up and gave me the best of education”. She allegedly said

She noted that she wouldn’t have “achieved whatever I did without my father. In fact, who am i wothout my father? “As a father he never disappoints his children in any way, he is a father anybody wishes to have.

She was reported to have called on President Jonathan to own up and be man enough to reply her father.

“If President Jonathan wants to reply the letter my father wrote him, he should be man enough to reply direct. Why are they trying to make me a scape goat? I know my father very well and I don’t question his judgement, I believe my father wrote his letter in the best interest of the nation.

“If Mr President disagrees with some of the allegations in the latter, let him be man enough to talk directly to my father, he should stop involving me in an issue I know nothing about.

“How can you write a letter to insult my father and claim I, the daughter is the source. If that is how Ijaw people insult their father, I am a Yoruba woman; we respect our parent in all circumstances.

“I Iyabo Obasanjo did not write any letter. Nigerians should please take note. “The purported letter is a malicious lie intended to rubbish the good name of my family, when I get to the source of the letter, I will waste no time to take the necessary legal actions. “I love my father and I never disrespect him.”

All efforts by Channels Television to reach both parties proved abortive.

 

Her letter in full:

“It brings me no joy to have to write this but since you started this trend of open letters I thought I would follow suit since you don’t listen to anyone anyway. The only way to reach you may be to make the public aware of some things. As a child well brought up by my long-suffering mother in Yoruba tradition, I have been reluctant to tell the truth about you but as it seems you still continue to delude yourself about the kind of person you are and I think for posterity’s sake it is time to set the records straight.

“I will return to the issue of my long-suffering mother later in this letter.

“Like most Nigerians, I believe there are very enormous issues currently plaguing the country but I was surely surprised that you will be the one to publish such a treatise. I remember clearly as if it was yesterday the day I came over to Abuja from Abeokuta when I was Commissioner of Health in Ogun State, specifically to ask you not to continue to pursue the third term issue.

“I had tried to bring it up when your sycophantic aides were present and they brushed my comments aside and as usual you listened to their self-serving counsel. For you to accuse someone else of what you so obviously practiced yourself tells of your narcissistic megalomaniac personality.  Everyone around for even a few minutes knows that the only thing you respond to is praise and worship of you. People have learnt how to manipulate you by giving you what you crave. The only ones that can’t and will not stroke your ego are family members who you universally treat like shit (sic) apart from the few who have learned to manipulate you like others.

“Before I continue, Nigerians are people who see conspiracy and self-service in everything because I think they believe everyone is like them. This letter is not in support of President Jonathan or APC or any other group or person, but an outpouring from my soul to God. I don’t blame you for the many atrocities you have been able to get away with, Nigerians were your enablers every step of the way. People ultimately get leaders that reflect them.

“Getting back to the story, I made sure your aides were not around and brought up the issue, trying to deliver the presentation of the issue as I had practiced it in my head. I started with the fact that we copied the US constitution which has term limits of two terms for a President. As is your usual manner, you didn’t allow me to finish my thought process and listen to my point of view. Once I broached the subject you sat up and said that the US had no term limits in the past but that it had been introduced in the 1940s after the death of President Roosevelt, which is true.

I wanted to say to you: when you copy something you also copy the modifications based on the learning from the original; only a fool starts from scratch and does not base his decisions on the learning of others. In science, we use the modifications found by others long ago to the most recent, as the basis of new findings; not going back to discover and learn what others have learnt. Human knowledge and development and civilization will not have progressed if each new generation and society did not build on the knowledge of others before them.

The American constitution itself is based on several theories and philosophies of governance available in the 18th century. Democracy itself is a governance method started by the ancient Greeks. America’s founding fathers used it with modifications based on what hadn’t worked well for the ancient Greeks and on new theories since then.

“As usual in our conversations, I kept quiet because I know you well.  You weren’t going to change your mind based on my intervention as you had already made up your mind on the persuasion of the minions working for you who were ripping the country blind. When I spoke to you, your outward attitude to the people of the country was that you were not interested in the third term and that it was others pushing it. Your statement to me that day proved to me that you were the brain behind the third term debacle. It is therefore outrageous that you accuse the current President of a similar two-facedness that you yourself used against the people of the country.

“I was on a plane trip between Abuja and Lagos around the time of the third term issue and I sat next to one of your sycophants on the plane.  He told me: “Only Obasanjo can rule Nigeria”.  I replied: “God has not created a country where only one person can rule. If only one person can rule Nigeria then the whole Nigeria project is not a viable one, as it will be a non-sustainable project”

“I don’t know how you came about Yar’Adua as the candidate for your party as it was not my priority or job. Unlike you, I focus on the issues I have been given responsibility over and not on the jobs of others. It was the day of the PDP Presidential Campaign in Abeokuta during the state-by-state tour of 2007 that Yar’Adua got sick and had to be flown abroad. The MKO Abiola Stadium was already filled with people by 9am when I drove by (and) we had told people based on the campaign schedule that the rally would start at noon.

At 11 am I headed for the stadium on foot; it was a short walk as there were so many cars already parked in and out. As I walked on with two other people, we saw crowds of people leaving the stadium. I recognized some of them as politicians and I asked them why people were leaving. They said  the Presidential candidate had died. I was alarmed and shocked. I walked back home and received a call from a friend in Lagos who said the same and added that he had died in the plane carrying him abroad for treatment and that the plane was on its way to Katsina to bury him.

I called you, and told you the information and that the stadium was already half-empty. You told me to go to the stadium and tell the people on the podium to announce that the Presidential candidate had taken ill that morning but the rest of the team, including you and the Vice-Presidential candidate would arrive shortly.  I did as I was told, but even the people on the podium at first didn’t make the announcement because they thought it was true that Yar’Adua had died. I had to take the microphone and make the announcement myself. It did little good. People kept trooping out of the stadium. Your team didn’t arrive until 4pm and by this time we had just a sprinkling of people left.

That evening after the disaster of a rally, you said you had insisted that the Presidential candidate fly to Germany for a check-up although you said he only had a cold. I asked why would anyone fly to Germany to treat a cold?  And you said “I would rather die than have the man die at this time.”  I thought of this profound statement as things later unfolded against me.  Then I thought it a stupid statement but as usual I kept quiet, little did I know how your machinations for a person would be used against me.  When Yar’Adua eventually died, you stayed alive, I would have expected you to jump into his grave.

I left Nigeria in 1989 right after youth service to study in the US and I visited in 1994 for a week and didn’t visit again until your inauguration in 1999. In between, you had been arrested by Abacha and jailed. We, your children, had no one who stood with us. Stella famously went around collecting money on your behalf but we had no one.  We survived. I was the only one of the children working then as a post-doctoral fellow when I got the call from a friend informing me of your arrest.

A week before your arrest, you had called me from Denmark and I had told you that you should be careful that the government was very offended by some of your statements and actions and may be planning to arrest or kill you as was occurring to many at the time.  The source of my information was my mother who, agitated, had called me, saying I should warn you as this was the rumour in the country. As usual you brushed aside my comments, shouting on the phone that they cannot try anything and you will do and say as you please.  The consequence of your bravado is history.

We, your family, have borne the brunt of your direct cruelty and also suffered the consequences of your stupidity but got none of the benefits of your successes. Of course, anyone around you knows how little respect you have for your children.

You think our existence on earth is about you. By the way, how many are we? 19, 20, 21? Do you even know?  In the last five years, how many of these children have you spoken to? How many grandchildren do you have and when did you last see each of them? As President you would listen to advice of people that never finished high school who would say anything to keep having access to you so as to make money over your children who loved you and genuinely wished you well.

“At your first inauguration in 1999, I and my brothers and sisters told you we were coming from the US. As is usual with you, you made no arrangements for our trip, instead our mom organized to meet each of us and provided accommodation. At the actual swearing-in at Eagle Square, the others decided to watch it on TV. Instead I went to the square and I was pushed and tossed by the crowd.

I managed to get in front of the crowd where I waved and shouted at you as you and General Abdulsalam Abubakar  walked past to go back to the VIP seating area. I saw you mouth ‘my daughter’ to General Abdullahi who was the one who pulled me out of the crowd and gave me a seat. As I looked around I saw Stella and Stella’s family prominently seated but none of your children.  I am sure General Abdullahi would remember this incident and I am eternally grateful to him.

Getting back to my mother, I still remember your beating her up continually when we were kids. What kids can forget that kind of violence against their mother?  Your maltreatment of women is legendary.  Many of your women have come out to denounce you in public but since your madness is also part of the madness of the society, it is the women that are usually ignored and mistreated. Of course, you are the great pretender, making people believe you have a good family life and a good relationship with your children but once in a while your pretence gets cracked.

When Gbenga gave a ride to help someone he didn’t know but saw was in need and the person betrayed his trust by tapping his candid response on the issues going on between you and your then vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, you had your aides go on air and denounce the boy before you even spoke to him to find out what happened.  What kind of father does that? Your atrocities to some of my other siblings I will let them tell in their own due time or never if they choose.

 

Three former heads of state pay condolence visit to the Saraki family

Three former heads of state, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalam were in Ilorin, yesterday, to condole with the family of the late former Second Republic Senate leader, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki.

Late Wazirin Ilrorin, Olusola Saraki.

Gen. Buhari came visited in the company of former House of Representatives’ speaker, Aminu Bello Masari while Gen Babangida came with Gen. Abdulsalam and former secretary to the government of the federation, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe.

Speaking during the visit, Gen. Babangida described the late political icon and Waziri of Ilorin, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, as a man of honour and integrity.

The former military president urged Nigerian leaders to emulate the exemplary conduct of the late politician, who he noted used his wealth to better the lots of the down trodden.

He added, “Waziri’s death is not only a loss to people of Ilorin alone but to Nigerians at large. He touched so many lives. In fact, I’m a beneficiary of the late Saraki’s humour. He tried so much.

“Saraki came to this life, we saw what he did, people talk about his good deeds and it is my belief that with these testimonies, God will grant him eternal rest”.

Gen Buhari described the late politician as a great man who spent his life catering for the needs of his people.

He urged the children of the late politician to sustain the enviable legacies of their father.