Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, broke his silence on the feud between him and his estranged political son, President Goodluck Jonathan, saying he would not stop commenting on national issues.
He, however, said that despite the public perception on the disagreement between the duo, Jonathan remained his president.
Obasanjo stated this when he hosted the National Chairman of the
ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, in his
Hilltop country home, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
According to him, “the country, the party and government would remain
my primary concern, because, if there is no Nigeria, there will not be a
party, and if there is no party, there will be nothing to govern on the
platform of the party”.
The former president added: “If there is anything that requires my
own comment, position or views. I will say it. It is only when you kill
me that I will stop doing so. It is my passion, patriotism and love that
will continue to make me say my own. If it is the party that I see that
something is inimical to the growth, I will talk.”
President Jonathan and Gen. Obasanjo (Rtd)
The feud between Obasanjo and Jonathan blew into the open when
Obasanjo said the Federal Government was not doing enough in tackling
Boko Haram, saying the government was not decisive on the insurgency.
The former president cited what his government did to quell the
militancy in the Niger Delta, precisely Odi town in Bayelsa, when some
militants killed five soldiers.
Jonathan,a week or so later, replied him during a presidential chat
on television, that his government would not take such a decisive action
against the Boko Haram because the Odi invasion did not achieve the
desired result. According to the president, he was the Bayelsa deputy
governor at that time and that, shortly after the place was leveled, all
he could see were bodies, women and children.
While describing the PDP national chairman as a respected leader,
Obasanjo said, yesterday, that Tukur was a delight to have always.
He said, “It is always a delight to have our ogas (boss) to visit us to see what we are doing or what we are not doing.
“To know our anxiety, aspirations and concerns. And also to disabuse the minds of rumour mongers. The president is my president.
“Without Nigeria, there will be no party. Even when I was in prison, I
was not quiet. Those who want me and the chair to quarrel; this visit
will keep them quiet. But my mouth will not be quiet.”
Obasanjo, who also used the occasion of the visit by Tukur, to dispel
his death rumour, wondered why people would continue to spread such
rumour, remarking, “I am still alive anyway.”
In his remarks, Tukur, the PDP National Chairman, explained that he
was in Abeokuta to thank the former PDP Board of Trustees Chairman for
his consistent role not only for the party.but also the country and the
international community. “Your support has never been relenting and I
have come to say thank you, sir.”
Tukur however affirmed the leadership of the Dipo Odujirin-led
executive in the state, declaring that the party only recognized the