By Stanley Onyekwere
The Coalition for Nigeria (CN) has described the controversial letter purportedly written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari as a desperate attempt to relaunch himself into politics, ahead of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria.
The Coalition also alleged that the former President was working in alliance with agents of destabilisation whom it said some of their leaders have held meetings with those used for staging the Arab Spring in the Middle East and North Africa to perfect their plans of dividing the country.
Addressing a press conference yesterday in Abuja , National President of the Coalition for Nigeria, Patriot Sabo Odeh said it was regrettable that a former President of the country was working tirelessly to infringe pain on the nation for his failure to elongate his tenure.
He said “The Coalition for Nigeria has learnt with amusement the call by former President Olusegun Obasanjo for a coalition of the concerned and the willing” which he rushed to christen “Coalition for Nigeria” without making efforts at due diligence to realize that such coalition already exists.
“Our goal is to alert Nigeria to the re-emergence of a force that had always mitigated against the wellbeing of the country even while masquerading as good intentions. The name of that threat is Olusegun Obasanjo.
“The failure of his tenure elongation bid left Obasanjo a bitter old man, who has since that time harbored animosity towards all Nigerians – he sees in all of us enemies that must be punished hence his constant interjections once he sees the country slipping out of the traps and pitfalls he had craftily orchestrated before he grudgingly left office in 2007”.
He continues:”We, the Coalition for Nigeria, agree that there is need to move from our current state of affairs in Nigeria but those that will lead us do not belong to Obasanjo’s circle and certainly not Obasanjo himself.
“We see President Buhari as having fulfilled his place and mission in history, which is to disrupt and overturn the status quo such that his successors, when the time comes, will build on his works to give us the Nigeria of our vision.
“If the Obasanjo government was half as sincere as the present administration, the troubles of today would have not cropped up in the first place.
The group further explained that had Obasanjo nursed good intentions for the country, in the eight years he spent as a democratically elected President, he would have focused on building strong institutions and enduring systems as opposed to the strong individuals created by his regime.
According to him, “ordinarily, we would have disregarded Obasanjo’s latest outburst but for a series of other happenstances that suggest that his letter is part of a larger plot to mislead and destabilize the country.
“We realize that some of those peddling Obasanjo’s statement as the holy grail are trying to desensitize people to its impropriety by claiming that Nigerians should consider the message and not the messenger.
“But to us, a people who do not see in Obasanjo a messenger that should be disregarded are set for doom because nothing honourable has ever come out this vessel.
“By his own admission, Obasanjo has been undertaking many foreign trips, which we understand are covers for scheming with foreign interests that are closet enemies of our country.”
The group also called on the Federal Government to be proactive in addressing issues that could give room for the likes of the former President to exploit to the detriment of the country.
It further tasks the government to broaden its search for solutions to Nigeria’s myriad problem given the ignoble roles being played by saboteurs who pretend to be activists.