Former presidential media aide Reuben Abati has said ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s condemnation of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was timely.
Abati was reacting to Obasanjo’s 18-page open letter to Buhari, in which he advised him against seeking another term in office in 2019, but rather to resign and attend to his health.
Speaking on Channels TV’s Political Platform, Abati, who was media aide to immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan, however, said Obasanjo ought to have also apologised to Nigerians because he was one of those who championed Buhari’s candidacy in 2015.
“It’s probably the most important subject of the day. Its been the main subject that everyone is discussing and that should be understandable considering the stature, the capacity, the influence of the author of the letter,” Abati said.
“If you look at that letter it drips with frustration, disappointment, even regret. The only thing president Obasanjo did not do in that letter is to apologise to Nigerians but he admitted that he was part of the efforts to bring about change in 2015 and he not only supported the incumbent president, he also voted for him and now he says he is disappointed.
“The letter probably reflects certain levels of consensus within society because you know of late, a lot of people have been saying some of the things that president Obasanjo said in that letter but coming from Obasanjo, those statements acquire a special significance and resonance both locally and I believe, internationally.”
He also said: “It is necessary for the President to look at the letter and make up his mind about whether he wants to do a formal response because the time has come for this administration to change the narrative.”