Letters written to Buhari a distraction – Group

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By Adeola Tukuru


Coalition of non-governmental organisation, under the aegis of the Forum of Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria (FONGON), has described the letters written by former President Olusugun Obasanjo and former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida as distractions to the current government.
The group, which comprises of about 200 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with a total membership of three million members spread across the country, said the letters are born out of activities of people, who wants to deviate the President attention from the fight against corruption.
Speaking at the rally in Abuja on Tuesday, the National Cordinator of the group, Comrade Wole Badmus said “Mr. President, we have chosen to come out this time because there seems to be an orchestrated and well-choreographed campaign going on across the country at the moment to demonize your Administration and hoodwink unsuspecting Nigerians into believing that the Administration has achieved nothing since assuming office.
“The reason for this campaign, which is becoming increasingly violent, is simple: The Iooters, economic saboteurs and unpatriotic fellows are feeling the heat of your Administration’s fight against corruption. They are earnestly yearning for a return to the immediate unedifying past in which the national treasury became the piggy bank of a few. They also want to pave the way for the return of the same people who brought the country to where it was before you assumed office.
“Your Excellency, the recent spate of letter and memo writing is not an accident. We believe it is aimed at discouraging you from running for a constitutionallyguaranteed second term, which they are afraid will put Nigeria on an irreversible path of probity, prudence and progress.
“We believe there will be more letters and more voices urging you not to run. And we urge you, Mr. President, not to heed such calls. Those who are for you are more than those who are against you.

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