Obasanjo Breaks Silence, Insist President Muhammadu Buhari Isn’t From Sudan But He Is Not The Buhari He Used To Know
There has been this controversy surrounding the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari about him being cloned. The president has proven beyond all doubts that he isn’t JIbril of Sudan as reported by the proscribed leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Maazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Maazi Nnamdi Kanu claimed that the president was cloned and he was strictly warned to thread with caution and only say what he know.
President Muhammadu Buhari has come out to clear the air regarding the statement made by Nnamdi Kanu to sabotage him. He debunked the claims that he died and was replaced by a clone, calling the speculation “ignorant rumors.” He outrightly denied the claim made by Nnamdi Kanu and also Femi Adesina, a presidential aide came out to lecture the masses about the cloned Buhari controversy. He gave an in depth explanation and analysis to educate those who still thinks the president is cloned. This is President Muhammadu Buhari, the Daura man whom Nigerians voted for in 2015.
Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in a zoom meeting yesterday with Toyin Falola, a historian, spoke about the security challenges in the country and other areas Muhammadu Buhari needs to tackle.
He disclosed that he used to know Muhammadu Buhari as a military man when he worked with him, but the current Buhari who is the democratic President of Nigeria has fallen far below the standards expected from him.
In his words;
“It’s nonsensical to believe that President Muhammadu Buhari is from Sudan but he has changed from the man I used to know back then in the military”
See screenshots of Obasanjo’s assessment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s way of handling issues now and when he was a military head of state.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday said the country was not doing the right thing to improve its poor economy and tackle poverty.
The former president, who said this in his New Year message at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, cautioned Nigerian leaders to stop blaming God for insecurity, bad economy, poverty and other challenges confronting the country.
Obasanjo said this on Tuesday as the President, Major General Muhammadu (retd.), urged Nigerians to return to agriculture. He said the country’s oil industry was in turmoil.
But economic experts dismissed Buhari’s statement, saying government was not serious about diversification of the economy.
In November, Nigeria entered its second recession in five years. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, in its Gross Domestic Product report for third quarter, the GDP fell by 3.62 per cent in the three months to September. The GDP is the broadest measure of economic prosperity.
Obasanjo, who sent his New Year message to Nigerians in an interview with journalists, assessed economic strategies of government. He also explained how the country could improve its economy. He stated, “When we do the right thing; We are not doing the right thing now. When we do the right thing, the economy will be what it should be.”
The former president also advised leaders to stop blaming God for Nigeria’s woes. According to him, with enormous resources available in the country, Nigeria does not have to be poor and no Nigerian must go to bed hungry.
He described 2020 as a year of many challenges, but urged Nigerians to work and pray hard in order to achieve “a glorious 2021.”
Prayer must go with work –Obasanjo
Obasanjo said, “I like the motto of a school which says ‘work and pray.’ Some people say it should be ‘pray and work’, but it doesn’t matter to me in what order I put it, but prayer must go with work and work must go with prayer.
“And I believe we need to work hard in this country as we pray hard so that the coming year, the year 2021 will be a glorious year for us. But it will not happen unless we work to make it happen.
“We do not have to blame God for our situation. We have to blame ourselves. Nigeria does not have to be poor; no Nigerian must go to bed hungry. That we have a situation like that is a choice by our leaders and followers alike. My prayer is that God will make year 2021 a better year for all of us, but it will not happen without work.”
Describing 2020 as a challenging year, Obasanjo stated, “We have gone from one form of insecurity to bad economy and on the top of it is the COVID-19. Some people, either for insecurity or for bad economy or fo r COVID-19 have gone to the great beyond, I will say those who have departed, particularly in this year of challenges, may their souls rest in perfect peace.”
I will fight food inflation in 2021, oil industry in turmoil – Buhari
Also on Tuesday, Buhari said Nigerians must return to agriculture, saying the country’s oil industry was in turmoil.
Buhari also said his regime would fight food inflation in 2021, adding that Nigerians must be able to produce their food.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke at the fifth regular meeting with the Presidential Economic Advisory Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The statement was titled “President Buhari: Government will wrestle food inflation in the coming year.”
Shehu quoted the President as giving his words that his regime would keep a keen eye on food inflation in 2021 while giving a directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria not to give any money for food importation.
He said Buhari directed that the CBN “must not give money to import food. Already, about seven states are producing all the rice we need. We must eat what we produce.”
The presidential aide said Buhari wondered where the country would have found itself in view of the devastating economic crisis brought about by COVID-19 if the country had not embraced agriculture.
The President stated, “Going back to the land is the way out. We depend on petroleum at the expense of agriculture. Now the oil industry is in turmoil. We are being squeezed to produce at 1.5 million barrels a day as against a capacity to produce 2.3 million.
“At the same time, the technical cost of our production per barrel is high, compared to the Middle East production.”
Buhari was also said to have emphasised the place of agriculture in the efforts to restore the economy but agreed that measures must be put in place to curtail inflation in the country.
“We will continue to encourage our people to go back to the land. Our elite are indoctrinated in the idea that we are rich in oil, leaving the land for the city for oil riches.
“We are back to the land now. We must not lose the opportunity to make life easier for our people. Imagine what would have happened if we didn’t encourage agriculture and closed the borders. We would have been in trouble,” the President added.
According to the statement, the meeting, which was for a review of, and reflections on the global and domestic economy in the outgoing year, was attended by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as well as ministers of finance and humanitarian affairs. It agreed on a number of measures.
The statement read, “In specific terms, it noted the sharp deterioration in international economic environment and its impact on Nigeria’s continuing but fragile economic recovery; that Nigeria’s economic growth continues to be constrained by obvious challenges including infrastructural deficiencies and limited resources for government financing. It emphasised the need to make the private sector of the economy the primary source of investment, rather than government.
“The meeting reviewed progress towards structural reforms in response to the economic crises, including the institution of the Economic Sustainability Plan, the changes in electricity tariff and fuel pricing regime, the partial re-opening of the Land Borders, the movement towards unification of exchange rates and budgetary reforms through Finance Bill 2020 and 2021.”
Govt not serious about diversification – Utomi
Meanwhile, economic experts have dismissed Buhari’s promise to tackle food inflation and encourage agriculture next year.
A Nigerian professor of political economy and management expert, Pat Utomi, said the government plans for diversification had become a refrain, something he said he had been hearing since he was a graduate student in the 1980s.
He noted that the government had always been insincere about a diversification plan from oil.
He said, “This refrain about agriculture has been going on for at least 35 years that I know of. As a graduate student in America in the 1980s, I was at the airport in New York and I saw Times Magazine and News Week had the same headline that oil prices as a result of the Iranian revolution had crossed the mythical $40 per barrel that was not possible.
“Within a few months, oil prices began to crash again. The economy was in a serious crisis in 1982 and at a time, Nigeria did not sell any barrel of fuel again.
“Over those years, the refrain of the Nigerian government has been to diversify away from oil and every year, nothing serious was done about it. You know when a country is going by a long term vision, then you will deduce if it will be dominant in the world.
“Nigeria never managed to put any prospective plan that will show a future to be built on the agricultural value chain. So whenever, I see a budget speech, I just decide that we are jokers and not serious about where we are going.
“The basic logic is that those who have run Nigeria are revenue driven, seeking easy cash to do the little they can and move on. There is nothing futuristic in the plan of Nigeria.
“Whenever there is a crisis like the times we are in now, we hear talks of diversification. The moment there is a rise in oil prices, we return to our bad habits.”
Suggesting a way forward, the professor said the citizens should get serious and honest people to rule.
We are facing hunger, insurgents dislodging farmers – Mailafia
On his part, a former Deputy Governor of the CBN, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, said it was no longer sustainable for the country to rely heavily on crude oil revenues.
He said, “That model is no longer going to work. Our public finances are on the verge of collapse. So, in that sense, I agree with the President on the urgency of what needs to be done. But by just saying that we should all go back to agriculture, it is a mantra that we have been hearing over the years and it is no longer interesting.
“Many farmers are finding it difficult to go back to their farms because of rural banditry. Just recently, we saw how insurgents slaughtered many farmers in Borno. What we are facing is looming hunger. There is hunger in the land. Food prices are getting out of control; the supply side is affected.
“Secondly, I think it is too simplistic to say, ‘Go back to agriculture.’ The kind of agriculture we are doing is not even sustainable. What will save this country is an agriculture-led mass industrial revolution that engages surplus labour both in the rural and urban areas through the process of industrialisation using agriculture as the base.”
Mailafia stressed the need for rural infrastructure, such as roads, rail and power, as well as access to affordable inputs, affordable credit and institutional support services.
A professor of Economics at the Ekiti State University, Abel Awe, described the budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector as “abysmally low”.
He asked, “Who are the people that will go to farms? What stimulate packages does the government have to encourage them to go back to agriculture? If they are ready to go to farms, is the government ready to create the enabling environment? What of the issue of insecurity and harassment by herdsmen?
“People cannot go farms these days because of insecurity. The President said we should go to farms; has he addressed the insecurity there? We say people should go to farms; how secured are the farms now? Look at the Middle Belt now which is the food basket of the nation; do you do agriculture in a terrible environment?”
Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has been at loggerheads with incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari. The ex-president said Buhari has divided the nation with his poor understanding of the dynamics of internal politics. The former president made his feelings about Buhari’s administration known in a 13-page statement released couple of weeks ago.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-luminous-vivid-amber-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">In the statement titled “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement”, former president Olusegun Obasanjo pointed out major failings of the Buhari administration, particularly in the area of economic prosperity. He said the president has performed below the expectations of Nigerians and asked him to take a backseat and help the nation from the sidelines while someone else takes overIn the statement titled “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement”, former president Olusegun Obasanjo pointed out major failings of the Buhari administration, particularly in the area of economic prosperity. He said the president has performed below the expectations of Nigerians and asked him to take a backseat and help the nation from the sidelines while someone else takes over
Obasanjo said; “President Buhari needs a dignified and honorable dismount from the horse. He needs to have time to reflect, refurbish physically and recoup. I only appeal to Buhari to consider a deserved rest at this point in time and at this age. I continue to wish him robust health to enjoy his retirement from active public service. President Buhari does not necessarily need to heed to my advice. But whether or not he heeds to it, Nigeria needs to move on and move forward.”
Obasanjo also faulted the president for appearing to exhibit nepotic interest, and further stated that Buhari administration is quack and known for not taking responsibility for issues. He stated that there are three other areas where President Buhari has come out more glaringly than most of us thought we knew about him. One is nepotic deployment bordering on clannishness and inability to bring discipline to bear on errant members of his nepotic court. This has grave consequences on performance of his government to the detriment of the nation.
Obasanjo further revealed that, in Buhari government it appears that national interest was being sacrificed on the altar of nepotic interest. He thereby described Buhari government as incompetent. He stated that corrupt cases are buried, ignored or covered up and yet corruption glares right in front of the media and the public.
He also stated that Buhari has poor understanding of the dynamics of internal politics and that his ignorant on political matter is making the nation more divided and inequality has widened and become more pronounced. He further reveals that this act has an effect on the ground of national security.
He further reveal that Buhari instead of working to make the economy stable, he is blaming the Governor of the Central Bank for devaluation of the naira by 70% and also blaming past governments for it. Obasanjo further reveal that Buhari is someone who is not willing of accepting his own responsibility.
According to his words; “Let nobody deceive us, economy feeds on politics and because our politics is depressing, our economy is even more depressing today. If things were good, President Buhari would not need to come in and contest for an election. He was voted to fix things that were bad and not engage in the blame game.”
Obasanjo further revealed that they are no hope in APC and they are no hope in PDP. He further stated that the country needs a new and vibrant political party comprising of the youths who will take the country to the promise land.
Obasanjo also expressed his lost hope in the ability of the ruling All Progressives’ Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in providing Nigeria with the initiative it needs to progress.
According to his words; “I have had occasion in the past to say that the two main political parties APC and PDP were wobbling. I must reiterate that nothing has happened to convince me otherwise. If anything, I am reinforced in my conviction. If neither APC nor PDP is a worthy horse to ride to lead Nigeria at this crucial and critical time, what then do we do?
Remember Farooq Kperogi, an Associate Professor at the Kennesaw State University in Georgia, United States of America calls it a cruel Hobson’s choice, it is like a choice between six and half a dozen, between evil and evil. Any selection or deflection would be a distinction without a difference.
“We cannot just sit down lamenting and wringing our hands desperately and hopelessly, we need the youths to come out massively in 2023, choose a leader among themselves, match to the polling station and elect a vibrant youth, someone between 30 to 35 years old to take Nigeria to the promised land.
Obasanjo slams President Buhari and reveals that Nigeria is an embarrassing state. Former Nigerian leader, Olusegun Obasanjo, has unleashed a fresh volley of attacks on the incumbent president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, over his poor handling of the country’s affairs.
Daily Trust reports that Obasanjo warned that Nigeria is fast drifting towards a failed state under the administration of President Buhari. Obasanjo was said to have made the claim during a speech titled ‘Moving Nigeria Away From Tipping Over’ which he delivered at a dialogue in Abuja, the federal capital territory.
The event was said to have been held behind closed doors in the Federal Capital Territory. The former president expressed sadness at the divided state of the nation and charged that necessary steps have to be taken to prevent the situation from deteriorating further.
“Old fault lines that were disappearing have opened up in greater fissures and with drums of hatred, disintegration and separation and accompanying choruses being heard loud and clear almost everywhere,” Obasanjo said. Obasanjo described Nigeria’s current state as saddening and embarrassing to citizens. The economy, he said, is now a basket case.
According to his words; “I do appreciate that you all feel sad and embarrassed as most of us feel as Nigerians with the situation we find ourselves in. Today, Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state. Economically our country is becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world, and socially, we are firming up as an unwholesome and insecure country.”
It was noted that Obasanjo words came just days after protests broke out across the nation over police brutality and bad government. The citizens most especially the youth came out in masses to protest against police brutality and bad government.
Obasanjo tackled President Buhari over rising insecurity in the country and told him boldly to step down and hand over power to someone capable of delivering Nigeria from the state of chaos and hopelessness.
Obasanjo faulted the current security structure under Buhari, noting that criminality has become the order of the day. Obasanjo made the assertion during a speech he delivered at the 2020 Sobo Sowemimo Annual Lecture in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
The former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has condemned the shooting of protesters demanding police reform and advised President Muhammadu Buhari to “restrain the military and other security agencies from using brute force as a way of ending the crisis.”
Obasanjo made the remarks in a statement he issued on Wednesday, a day after soldiers shot at unarmed protesters in Lekki, Lagos.
His words “The shooting and murder of unarmed protesters, no matter the level of provocation, has never been effective in suppressing public anger and frustration. Insttead, such actions only reinforce the anger and frustration of the populace and close the window of dialogue and peaceful resolution”
Mr Obasanjo’s advice to President Buhari joins others by many Nigerians and international leaders including former American Vice President Joe Biden and ex-U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton.
The Lekki incident has been condemned by many Nigerians including Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who has pledged an investigation into the shooting. The exact casualty from the incident is yet to be confirmed although Mr Sanwo-Olu said no one died while over 12 people were injured including two in intensive care.
Apart from the Lagos shootings, protesters have also been shot in states like Ondo, Oyo and Delta.
Nobel laureate and playwright, Wole Soyinka, describes the current administration as “genius”, as he says that it had spent “four years actually doing nothing.”
The words of the playwright echo those of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who decried the state of the nation, stating that it was further divided under the Buhari-led administration; a comment that led to the Presidency dubbing him the “divider-in-chief”.
In a statement issued by Soyinka titled, ‘Between dividers-in-chief and dividers-in-law’, he said that the former president was culpable in the “crumbling edifice” that is Nigeria, he said Obasanjo was a “co-architect of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria”.
The statement read, “I am notoriously no fan of Olusegun Obasanjo, General, twice former president and co-architect with other past leaders of the crumbling edifice that is still generously called Nigeria. I have no reasons to change my stance on his record. Nonetheless, I embrace the responsibility of calling attention to any accurate reading of this nation from whatever source, as a contraption teetering on the very edge of total collapse,” he said.
“We are close to extinction as a viable comity of peoples, supposedly bound together under an equitable set of protocols of co-habitation, capable of producing its own means of existence, and devoid of a culture of sectarian privilege and will to dominate.
“The nation is divided as never before, and this ripping division has taken place under the policies and conduct of none other than President Buhari – does that claim belong in the realms of speculation?
“Does anyone deny that it was this president who went to sleep while communities were consistently ravaged by cattle marauders, were raped and displaced in their thousands and turned into beggars all over the landscape? Was it a different president who, on being finally persuaded to visit a scene of carnage, had nothing more authoritative to offer than to advice the traumatised victims to learn to live peacefully with their violators?
“It takes real genius to succeed in spending four years actually doing nothing. What it fails to do, or what it does wrongly, deceitfully or prejudicially is what concerns the citizenry.
“To reel off any achievements of a government – genuine or fantasised, trivial or monumental – is thus to dodge the issue, to ignore the real core concerns. No government, however inept, fails to record some form of achievement – this was why it were elected.
“What it fails to do, or what it does wrongly, deceitfully or prejudicially is what concerns the citizenry. Across this nation, there is profound distrust, indeed abandonment of hope in this government as one that is genuinely committed to the survival of the nation.
“National divisiveness? Just where does culpability lie? Does centralist usurpation divide or bind? The answer is obvious in daily effects.”
Many might not be conversant with this song “Nigeria Jaga Jaga”. The song was sang by Eedris Abdulkareem. Then, this song lighted up streets in Nigeria due to the hardship and other socio- economic factors affecting the country. The young man decided to sing this song to enlighten our leaders just like the great afro beat legend Fela Kuti did.
Eedris Abdulkareem was born at Kano state into a polygamous family. His father was from Ilesha, Osun state while his mother was from Ogun state. His father died when he was 2 years old, leaving Eedris and his 8 brothers behind. Life wasn’t easy for him because he has to struggle to keep food on his table at that tender age.
In 1996, he joined the Nigerian music industry. In 2004, Eedris released an album “Jaja Jaga“, a Yoruba term for a shambles, declaiming corruption and suffering in Nigeria. The title track was banned from radio by the President then, Olusegun Obasanjo. The song brought problem between him and President Olusegun Obasanjo which resulted them exchanging words online.
According to several sources, then president Obasanjo came on TV to say the “artiste that sang that Jagajaga song, na im papa and mama be Jagajaga.” This loosely translates to ‘the artiste that sang that jagajaga song, it is your parents that are jagajaga.’
Its been 16 years after the song was released and these are the recent pictures of the artist.
Hope the artist is ageing gracefully?
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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria is slowly becoming a failed state and a basket case that urgently needs to be pulled from the brink of collapse. He said this in Abuja on Thursday while delivering a speech titled, ‘Moving Nigeria Away from Tipping Over’ at a consultative dialogue attended by various socio-cultural groups including Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum, Northern Elders Forum, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo and Pan Niger Delta Forum.
The former President said, “I do appreciate that you all feel sad and embarrassed as most of us feel as Nigerians with the situation we find ourselves in. Today, Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state; economically our country is becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world, and socially, we are firming up as an unwholesome and insecure country.