Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Three Categories of Those Attacking Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

 Gen Olusegun Obasanjo (retd) is the first Nigerian military head of state who later became a civilian President of Nigeria.

Most of those attacking former President, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo (retd) are in three categories.
1. Ignorant intellectual illiterates.
2. Poor students of history who don't read and
3. Those suffering from political amnesia.

None of them can even achieve half of what he has achieved in life. And majority of them are non-entities.

He is one of the founding fathers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  and by tearing his membership card shows how worthless it has become. 

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has destroyed the PDP by his divide and rule tactics and polarized and worsened the North-South Dichotomy. That is why he uses his Hausa Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo to lie to Hausas in the north that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a Christian party with only few Muslims and then President Jonathan comes to the south east and his own south south region to lie to voters that APC is a Muslim party with only few Christians. 
Now he is using the military past of Gen. Muhammad Buhari (retd),  the presidential flag bearer of the APC to character assassinate him while he is enjoying the support of former military generals who even committed worse atrocities like those who summarily executed Kenule "Ken" Beeson Saro Wiwa (10 October 1941 – 10 November 1995) of the  Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) and eight of his comrades on November 10, 1995 by the late military dictator General Sani Abacha whose eldest son Mohammed Abacha is now a chieftain of the PDP. President Jonathan's government wthdrew N446.3bn theft charges against Mohammed Abacha in June 2014. And another right hand man of President Jonathan is Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retd) who needs no introduction. So, you can see the evil hypocrisy of President Goodluck Jonathan. He is not attacking them, because they are in the PDP. Lest we forget, he sacked two prominent Igbo military leaders, including Air Marshal Paul Dike (retd), the first Igbo Chief of Air Staff whom the late President Yar’Adua later appointed as Chief of Defence Staff and Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (retd), the first ever Igbo Chief of Army Staff.

Chief Olúsẹ́gun Mathew Okikiọla Arẹmu Ọbásanjọ́, GCFR, is the most highly respected Nigerian leader in the world today and author of more than 28 books and they include the following.

My Command (African Writers Series)
Jun 1981
by Olusegun Obasanjo
Women of virtue: Stories of outstanding women in the Bible
by Olusegun Obasanjo
Africa in Perspective: Myths and Realities (The Russell C. Leffingwell lectures)
Jun 1987
by Olusegun Obasanjo
The Challenges Of Agricultural Production And Food Security In Africa
Sep 13, 2013
by Olusegun Obasanjo
The Leadership Challenge Of Economic Reforms In Africa
Mar 1, 1991
by Olusegun Obasanjo and Hans d'Orville
A New Dawn: A Collection of Speeches of President Olusegun Obasanjo
Nov 2004
by Olusegun Obasanjo and Ad'Obe Obe

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed more Igbos in his cabinet than current President Goodluck Jonathan. Read the following report by Max Siollun.

However things improved for Igbos after Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999. Democracy has been much kinder to the Igbos than military rule was. Ironically it was the much maligned President Olusegun Obasanjo that did most to reintegrate Igbos. He appointed Igbos to head the ministry of finance, Central Bank of Nigeria, and the Director-General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange was also Igbo (Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Charles Chukwuma Soludo and Ndidi Okereke-Onyuike). Heading these three portfolios virtually left Igbos in control of Nigeria’s economy and monetary policy. That economic dominance remains as today Okonjo-Iweala has returned as Finance Minister, and Bright Okogu is the Director-General of the Budget Office.
In addition, Obasanjo appointed Fabian Osuji, Chinwe Obaji and Obiageli Ezekwesili (all Igbos) in succession as the Minister of Education, and Dora Akunyili as the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control.
Later, Obasanjo broke a taboo by appointing an Igbo: Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi (the son of Nigeria’s first military head of state, Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi) as the Defence Minister. After Obasanjo left office his successor President Yar’Adua appointed Mike Okiro to become the first Igbo Inspector-General of Police in Nigeria’s history. When Okiro retired, he was succeeded by another Igbo – Ogbonnaya Onovo. Yar’Adua also appointed Ojo Maduekwe as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
~ http://www.gamji.com/article9000/NEWS9794.htm

"Olusegun Obasanjo was Nigeria's military head of state (1976-9) and President (1999-2007). His career is made the focus for a history of Nigeria's first fifty years of independence (1960-2010) and of African continental affairs during the same period (Obasanjo having been an active opponent of apartheid and an architect of the African Union). The most important African leader of his generation, Obasanjo has had an extraordinarily diverse career as soldier, politician, statesman, farmer, author, political prisoner, Baptist preacher, and family patriarch. As a soldier, he secured the victory in Nigeria's civil war. As military head of state, he returned the country to civilian rule. For the next 20 years he was ceaselessly active, before spending three years as a political prisoner. Released from prison, Obasanjo served Nigeria as elected President from 1999 to 2007, until his growing authoritarianism and his manipulation of his successor's election ruined his reputation among many Nigerians. This book argues that the controversial end to his presidency must be understood in the light of his earlier career. The author has used mainly published sources, especially Nigerian newspapers and political memoirs, as well as recently released FCO documents in Britain. John Iliffe is a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He retired as Professor of African History at Cambridge in 2006 and has published widely on African history including: A Modern History of Tanganyika; The Emergence of African Capitalism; The African Poor: A History; Africans: the History of a Continent; Honour in African History and The African Aids Epidemic: A History. Nigeria: HEBN (PB)".
~ John Iliffe is a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He retired as Professor of African History at Cambridge in 2006 and has published widely on African history including: A Modern History of Tanganyika; The Emergence of African Capitalism; The African Poor: A History; Africans: the History of a Continent; Honour in African History and The African Aids Epidemic: A History.
Former US President Jimmy Carter and Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo in 1978.


 About the Author of this article:  
Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, aka Orikinla Osinachi, is a prize winning Nigerian writer, most prolific African blogger and he Publisher/Editor of Nigerians Report Online, Nigerian Times, "Kisses 'n' Roses, TALK OF THE TOWN By Orikinla with other blogs and author of Children of Heaven, Scarlet Tears of London, Bye, Bye Mugabe, In the House of DogsDiary of the Memory KeeperThe Prophet Lied, co-author of Naked Beauty, editor of The Language of True Love and Publisher/Editor of NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® SERIES
He has written many articles, commentaries and news reports published byTechnoratiBlogcriticsHuliqYahoo VoicesShvoongGatherHuffington Post,Face2Face AfricaBlack Film MakerNigeria Films and Modern Ghana
He is also the social media consultant for the Transform Nigeria Network.
He was a project artist for the Johns Hopkins University's Population Communication Services (JHU/PCS) at 21, An Art/Features Editor for the successful Kiddies World magazine at 24 and a National Program Consultant for the UNICEF in Nigeria at 25. He was the national curator of the 1993 World AIDS Day Art Against AIDS exhibitions at the National Museum and National Arts Theater in Lagos, Nigeria. He is currently working on launching iPost Nigeria, the first Nigerian owned video sharing news and entertainment website for all users of mobile phones and tablets in the world,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-jjMBCgthM and also launched Girls United Together for Success (GUTS), http://sowc2015.unicef.org/map-location/girls-united-together-for-success-guts/?mpfy-pin=22745.

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