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Nigeria Is Not Obasanjo’s Football – Governor Fayose

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Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has come down hard on former president Olusegun Obasanjo over his repeated verbal attack on President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration, describing him (Obasanjo) as Nigeria’s number one enemy.

Governor Fayose, who is a staunch supporter of President Jonathan said Obasanjo is a confusionist who should be ignored because he has lost his status as an elder statesman.

He made this known via a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka on Sunday, February 15, 2015, stating that Obasanjo was fighting President Jonathan simply because the incumbent leader has refused to allow his rule Nigeria from his Otta farm, expressing his confidence that President Jonathan will emerge victorious at the forthcoming presidential poll.

The statement read in parts:  “Obasanjo is a cancer in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Nigeria that may never get cured in a lifetime.

“The moment Obasanjo is not the one controlling a house, he will want the house pulled down but this time around, he has failed.

“Obasanjo has always benefitted from the misfortune of others and he is living with the impression that he is the wisest person in the whole world.

“When Murtala Mohammed was murdered in 1976, Obasanjo was the beneficiary.

“In 1993, he said the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief MKO Abiola was not the Messiah Nigeria needed. Instead of Obasanjo to join the clamour for the actualisation of Abiola’s mandate, Obasanjo was canvassing for an Interim National Government, which he was scheming to head.

“MKO Abiola died in detention in 1997 and Obasanjo became the beneficiary of his (Abiola) death.

“Despite the fact that it was the blood of MKO Abiola that Obasanjo matched on to power, not even a street was named after Abiola throughout Obasanjo’s eight years as president.

“Today, Obasanjo is fighting President Jonathan, the man who has done what he failed to do for Abiola, the Yoruba people and Nigerians as a whole when he was president for eight years, simply because he does not want anyone to equal his record as Nigeria’s longest serving president.

“President Jonathan has made it impossible for Obasanjo to run his presidency for him and for this reason, he is supporting Buhari, hoping that he will be the one to nominate ministers for Buhari if he becomes president.

“However, I have this bad news for Obasanjo. Nigeria is not his football that he can kick around as he likes. President Jonathan will be re-elected, and Nigeria will be freed from his (Obasanjo) bondage once and for all.”

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