Nigerians react to presidency’s failure to congratulate Obasanjo at 81



Nigerians have been reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s failed to circulate a public statement congratulating former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his 81st birthday.

The action is a clear deviation from the presidency’s tradition of felicitating with former heads of state and some top Nigerian dignitaries on their birthday anniversaries.

It is also contrary to what Buhari did last year when from his hospital bed in London, he telephoned Obasanjo to congratulate him on his 80th birthday.

The reason for not felicitating with the former president this time remained unclear Tuesday morning.

However, there are speculations by some Nigerians that the presidency may have deliberately ignored the former president’s birthday due to the recent sour relationship between him and President Buhari.

“Did I miss any news? Baba Obasanjo was 81 yesterday but I didn’t notice Baba Buhari’s usual birthday ‘epistles’to selected celebrants. Lord, may I be wrong on this!” Emmanuel Onwubiko, a human rights activist, posted on Facebook Tuesday morning.

In response, a commentator, Chuks Daniel Onuoha, said, “Baba has pooed in the church and his letter has been used to wipe his ass at 81. Buhari does not change…..vindictive.”

Onuoha appears to be referring to a January 23 “special statement” by Mr. Obasanjo in which he rated Buhari as having performed far below expectation and advised him to drop his re-election bid in the nation’s interest.

“Petty president. Really petty,” Lagos-based journalist, Emeka Madunagu, said of the presidency’s action towards Obasanjo.

Messrs. Buhari and Obasanjo remained largely close until January 23 when the former President shocked the president, slamming him for turning a blind eye to corruption within his government and berating him for allowing the clashes between herdsmen and farmers to go “sour” and messy.

He also described Buhari as exhibiting clannishness and lack of understanding of the dynamics of politics in Nigeria.




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