Buhari-Obasanjo’s face-of –Online comment

Earlier in the week, President Muhammadu Buhari raised a poser for former president Olusegun Obasanjo saying power has still not improved in spite of the $16 billion expended on it during the latter’s administration between 1999 and 2007. However, the former president fi red back, saying the incumbent president, “While it is doubtful that a President with proper understanding of the issue would utter such, it should be pointed out that records from the National Assembly had exculpated President Obasanjo of any wrong-doing concerning the power sector and has proved the allegations as false.” However, on the various platforms of social media, the fi ery exchanges have been generating a deluge of comments. Below are some of them:
Muhammad T. Shehu If I was President Buhari I will send Obasanjo to jail.
Obioma Nwogu OBJ can be very funny! OBJ wants Buhari to read his book “Under My Watch” to get information on issues relating to the $16 billion project. How can he expect a man who cannot read ordinary newspaper and unaware of things happening under his nose read a whole book and be aware of what happened under another person? It’s like expecting an elephant to pass through the eyes of a needle.
Elmasjeed Abdul Umar Obj remains the grandfather of failure in Nigeria. The man spent eight years and he couldn’t fi x anything in Nigeria. Road – zero Power – zero Rail -zero What did Obasanjo achieve? Granting operating licence to mobile operators (MTN, Econet, Glo)? NONSENSE! In a saner clime, OBJ will have been hanged for his atrocities. I am sure post-2019, his suffering will be worse than that of Dasuki and Olisa Mettuh combined. Heard the 16 billion dollar electricity can be found in OBJ’s book (The Watch). Anyone with a copy of Obasanjo’s book? Please generate power for your neighborhood at least.
Mohammad M. Zakari Dansaurayi The most annoying thing is that the highest revenue recorded regime was Obj’s regime. With oil price hitted to about 145 USD per barrel tripled the expected budget bench mark of 40 USD per barrel. Over 100 USD per barrel is put to excess with no tangible project to shape the lives of ordinary Nigerian.
With defi cit in infrastructures spanning all walks of life. If they had done alot Nigeria would have been in excess of infrastructure, we wouldn’t have been Gimba Ibraheem Obioma Mohammad Elmasjeed Muhammad Na-Allah Compiled by Awaal Gata talking of more roads, more hospitals, more medical facilities, more power more more more… more etc.
Gimba Kakanda A closeup of the Nigerian political elite What binds Obasanjo to Buhari and vice versa is stronger than whatever you claim binds you to either. The political elite are bound in a way that your shared religion, ethnicity or geography is not half as strong as the bond of their multi-ethnic and multireligious social class. So if you want to choose a side between Obasanjo and Buhari, I advise you to use your brain carefully.
The elite are like children of the same mother; no matter how messy their fight, they have a middle-ground, in their case the desperation to remain at the top of the food chain. If you think you matter to Obasanjo more than Buhari because you attend the same church or belong to the same ethnic group or live in the same town, then you need a reality check. And so also if you think you’re more important than Obasanjo before Buhari because you pray in the same mosque or speak the same language.
I’ve lived and mingled in Abuja long enough to know that political feuds among our elites are temporary clashes of interests. I’ve seen politicians who are sworn enemies in the media – and both with supporters who never see eye to eye – eating from the same dish, and laughing over their personalized exchanges in the media, both agreeing they took it too far when they involved their family’s private affairs. Oh, I was also in a certain principal’s living room when one former Minister of this country took off his kaftan and began boxing another popular politician over an argument. The reason for their fight may shock you: the former Minister claimed the other cheated him in an unnamed business and then called him “thief,” refusing to apologize when asked to. My principal gave me a “This never happened” look when we separated the two men. He asked them to shake hands the same way your parents ask you to shake your annoying sibling after fisticuff s. Today these politicians seem like the best of friends, and are members of the same political party, both in the political business now probably wiser and more committed to dealing without double-crossing each other. Not for your interests, you self-appointed embarrassment.
Ibraheem A. Waziri Finally Buhari responded to OBJ. And OBJ got what he wanted. He is now replying with expletives. He may hold onto that and continue to hit at Buhari. If care is not taken Buhari will be provoked and distracted. And that will not be good for him and the nation he governs. OBJ is important, but the nation is more important for now. He can engage OBJ after 2019.
Na-Allah Mohammed Zagga When our definition of the truth is fluid, or subject to review according to our political convenience, we end up exposing our hypocrisy. I am surprised that Reuben Abati is celebrating Obasanjo’s reply to President Buhari’s reference to the $16 billion power projects without results. When I recall Dr. Abati’s acerbic attack on Obasanjo after the former President fi red an epistolary missile at his boss former President Jonathan, I am always tempted to ask: does this former media spokesman want to be taken seriously, or is he trying to rehabilitate his credibility? “ Abati, as a newspaper columnist and chairman the Guardian Editorial Board before being inviting to “come and eat”, was an ardent advocate of an open society in which leaders are fair game and should be subjected to criticisms and scrutiny. However, as soon as he found himself in government, he was swooned by the trappings of power. In fact, according to veteran journalist Dele Momodu, “Abati has set on fi re everything he has ever written before coming into government.”
“The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is a creed of expediency, it is not a principle.

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