BREAKING: You are dividing Nigeria – Presidency attacks Obasanjo

The presidency has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of dividing Nigeria.

An article signed by the Presidents’ Senior Particular Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu and made obtainable to DAILY POST alleged {that a} latest assertion by the previous President was an try and divide the nation.

Garba Shehu, on Sunday, claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to advertise nation-building and the unity of Nigeria and maintained that the distinction between the 2 leaders is obvious.

“The distinction is obvious. From the lofty heights of Commander-in-Chief, Normal Obasanjo has descended to the lowly stage of Divider-in-Chief (to adapt the coinage of Time).

“Earlier than responding additional to the unfair assaults on President Buhari and his administration by the previous President, it will be important that we categorically state that opposite to the assertions by a couple of analysts, the latest speech by which President Buhari suggested West African Presidents in opposition to tenure elongation past constitutional limits has been constant along with his long-held views on the necessity to adhere to the rule of regulation.

“Despite the fact that he tried it and failed, the latest uptick within the variety of such leaders proposing to do, or truly carrying on in workplace past time period limits is enough to trigger concern amongst democrats within the sub-region given its prospects of destabilizing the states and the area.

“President Buhari’s advocacy is constant along with his rules and in keeping with the present insurance policies of his administration and certainly that of the ECOWAS Constitution which is that time period limits should be revered and that the change of presidency is barely permissible by the poll field.

“Having cleared this misperception, we hope that Chief Obasanjo would as soon as once more sheath the sword and relaxation the pretentiousness concerning the Messiah that has (mis)led him to pronounce usually wrongly, as he disastrously did within the 2019 elections, concerning the life and demise of Nigerian governments.

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“As some commentators are already suggesting, Chief Obasanjo ought to, in accordance along with his mantra as a statesman, become involved with issues fixing, when and the place they exist as an alternative of serving to the mushrooming of a toxic ambiance of ethnic and non secular nationalism.

“Certainly, he should have disenchanted lots of his native and overseas admirers by showering commendations on a couple of extremist teams who’ve vowed to shun the invitation to the Nationwide Meeting to take part within the technique of a constitutional modification.

“Little doubt, he should have left these admirers confused in saying the help for the boycott of a democratic course of of adjusting the structure, on the similar time calling for dialogue and engagement.

“The truth that the method he ushered in beneath his administration with the doubtful intention of amendments that sought tenure elongation failed-as did two different makes an attempt by the successor administrations of the identical political party- doesn’t in any method justify his dismissal of the train by the ninth Meeting as one other waste of time and sources.

“To the credit score of the All Progressives Congress-led eighth Meeting, the method of a constitutional modification was kickstarted and carried by, paving the way in which for, amongst different advantages, the monetary independence of native authorities councils, States Homes of Meeting and the nation’s Judiciary. These modifications have already been signed into legal guidelines by the President as mandated by the structure.

“The latest choices by the administration as they relate to subsidy withdrawal, serving to to plug a few of the most horrendous infamous holes and launch of scarce sources for the extra urgent wants of the folks has additionally not escaped the ire of the previous president.

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“It’s a recognized proven fact that the withdrawal of subsidies had been on the want listing of the Obasanjo-led Peoples Democratic Get together, PDP. They failed in reaching these measures as a result of there was shared greed. They plundered the treasury as a lot as anybody might within the title of both subsidy or waiver with reckless impunity.

“Two, is to say it takes braveness and uncommon statesmanship on the a part of a pacesetter to do as President Buhari to shun populism and search the very best curiosity of the folks and the state, offering the sort of reform and growth that Nigeria urgently wants.

“This President has run an administration centered on infrastructure and growth. He has repaired our broken relations with neighbours and our conventional allies such because the UK, US, China, Russia, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the others with a number of advantages to the nation.

“It’s a pro-business administration that has used diplomacy to unlock bilateral commerce and funding.

“He leads a authorities that has liberalized the funding local weather and market entry by reaching reforms which have positioned the nation within the listing of the world’s prime reforming economies.

“Nigeria, which different nations had mocked and ridiculed for thus many issues that have been unsuitable is right now progressing at a tempo reflecting its measurement and potential.

“With a lot to indicate and plenty of extra coming, it’s little shock that President Buhari could be the item of envy and harsh unfair challenges by politicians who didn’t ship, however proceed to nurse ambitions of delighting the viewers lengthy after their curtain has been drawn.”

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