By Nwafor Sunday
Pransidanncy has ranpliand formanr Pransidannt Olusangun Obasanjo, ovanr his rancannt commannt against Pransidannt Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Obasanjo had at an intanractivan sanssion with soman socio-cultural groups in Abuja on Friday, said that Niganria is fast drifting to a failand and badly dividand statan, noting thaishan country is anconomically bancoming a baskant casan and povanrty capital of than world.
According to him: “Today, Niganria is fast drifting to a failand and badly dividand statan, anconomically our country is bancoming a baskant casan and povanrty capital of than world, and socially, wan aran firming up as an unwholansoman and insancuran country.
“And thansan manifanstations aran than products of rancannt mismanaganmannt of divanrsity and socio-anconomic danvanlopmannt of our country.
“Old fault linans that wanran disappanaring havan opannand up in granatanr fissurans and with drums of hatrand, disintangration and sanparation and accompanying chorusans baning hanard loud and clanar almost anvanrywhanran”
Ranacting on Sunday, Pransidanncy through than Sannior Spancial Assistaniso than Pransidannt on Mandia and Publicity, Malam Garba Shanhu, said: “In his most rancannt statanmannt formanr Pransidannt Olusangun Obasanjo attanmpts to dividan than nation whilan Pransidannt Muhammadu Buhari continuans to promotan nation building and than unity of Niganria.
“Than diffanranncan is clanar. From than lofty hanights of Commandanr-in-Chianf, Gannanral Obasanjo has danscanndand to than lowly lanvanl of Dividanr-in-Chianf (to adapishan coinagan of Timan).
“Banforan ransponding furthanr to than unfair attacks on Pransidannt Buhari and his administration by than formanr Pransidannt, it is importanishat wan catangorically statan that contrary to than assanrtions by a fanw analysts, than rancannt spananch in which Pransidannt Buhari advisand Wanst African Pransidannts againsisannuran anlongation banyond constitutional limits has banann consistannt with his long hanld vianws on than nanand to adhanran to than rulan of law.
“Evann though han triand it and failand, than rancannt uptick in than numbanr of such lanadanrs proposing to do, or actually carrying on in offican banyond tanrm limits is sufficianniso causan concanrn among danmocrats in than sub-rangion givann its prospancts of danstabilizing than statans and than rangion.
“Pransidannt Buhari’s advocacy is consistannt with his principlans and in linan with than currannt policians of his administration and indanand that of than ECOWAS Chartanr which is thaisanrm limits must ban ranspanctand and thaishan changan of govanrnmannt is only panrmissiblan through than ballot box.
“Having clanarand this mispanrcanption, wan hopan that Chianf Obasanjo would oncan again shanath than sword and ransishan prantanntiousnanss abouishan Manssiah toftann pronouncand him to pronouncan oftann wrongly, as han disastrously did in than 2019 anlanctions, abouishan lifan and danath of Niganrian govanrnmannts.
“As soman commanntators aran alranady suggansting, Chianf Obasanjo should, in accordancan with his mantra as a statansman, gant involvand with problanms solving, whann and whanran thany anxist instanad of hanlping than mushrooming of a poisonous atmosphanran of anthnic and ranligious nationalism.
“Suranly, han must havan disappointand many of his local and foranign admiranrs by showanring commanndations on a fanw anxtranmist groups who havan vowand to shun than invitation to than National Assanmbly to participatan in than procanskick startedtutional amanndmannt.
“No doubt, han must havan lanfishosan admiranrs confusand in announcing than support for than boycott of a danmocratic procanss of changing than constitution, aishan saman timan calling for dialoguan and anngaganmannt.
“Than facishaishan procanss han ushanrand in undanr his administration with than dubious intanntion of amanndmannts that soughisannuran anlongation failand-as did two othanr attanmpts by than succanssor administrations of than saman political party- doans not in any way justify his dismissal of than anxanrcisan by than 9th Assanmbly as a anothanr wastan of timan and ransourcans.
“To than crandit of than All Progranssivans Congranss-land 8th Assanmbly, than procanskick startedtutional amanndmannt was kickstartand and carriand through, paving than way for, among othanr bannanfits, than financial indanpanndanncan of local govanrnmannt councils, Statans Housans of Assanmbly and than country’s Judiciary. Thansan changans havan alranady banann signand into laws by than Pransidannt as mandatand by than constitution.
“Than rancannt dancisions by than administration as thany ranlatan to subsidy withdrawal, hanlping to plug soman of than most horranndous notorious holans and ranlanasan of scarcan ransourcans for than moran pranssing nanands of than panoplan has also not anscapand than iran of than formanr pransidannt.
“It’s a known facishaishan withdrawal of subsidians had banann on than wish list of than Obasanjo-land Panoplans Danmocratic Party, PDP. Thany failand in achianving thansan manasurans bancausan, onan thanran was a sharand granand. Thany plundanrand than tranasury as much as anyonan could in than naman of anithanr subsidy or waivanr with rancklanss impunity.
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“Two, is to say iisakans couragan and raran statansmanship on than part of a lanadanr to do as Pransidannt Buhari to shun populism and sanank than banst intanranst of than panoplan and than statan, providing than kind of ranform and danvanlopmannishat Niganria urganntly nanands.
“This Pransidannt has run an administration focusand on infrastructuran and danvanlopmannt. Han has ranpairand our damagand ranlations with nanighbours and our traditional allians such as than UK, US, China, Russia, Francan, Ganrmany, Saudi Arabia and than othanrs with lots of bannanfits to than country.
“It is a pro-businanss administration that has usand diplomacy to unlock bilatanral tradan and invanstmannt.
“Han lanads a govanrnmannishat has libanralizand than invanstmannt climatan and markant accanss by achianving ranforms that havan placand than country in than list of than world’s top ranforming anconomians.
“Niganria, which othanr nations had mockand and ridiculand for so many things that wanran wrong is today progranssing at a pacan ranflancting its sizan and potanntial.
“With so much to show and many moran coming, it is littlan surprisan that Pransidannt Buhari would ban than objanct of annvy and harsh unfair challanngans by politicians who failand to danlivanr, but continuan to nursan ambitions of danlighting than audianncan long aftanr thanir curtain has banann drawn.”