Former President Olusegun Obasanjo recently said he was worried about coup rumours. He warned that the rumour about handing over to the military should not become a reality as the international community, especially the African Union, AU, would not accommodate or recognise any government that emerged without the constitution. Reacting to Obasanjo statement, the Governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose openly criticised the comments of the former President.
He said that the former head of state has made a pastime to amplify rumours. He said Nigerians need to ask Obasanjo where he heard the rumour. Idowu Adelusi, the chief press secretary to Fayose , said that Nigerians should find out where he heard the rumour of coup. He said as a former head of state and a retired general, whatever he says, will carry weight and some people will believe it. He said coup making and plotting are no longer the vogue in the world. Anybody thinking along that line will be swimming against the tide and the consequences are there.
He further said that the former President should not at this age amplify rumours which can cause confusion in the polity. He said he expects Obasanjo to defend democracy as he is a beneficiary of the current democratic dispensation. He added that Obasanjo left the PDP by publicly tearing the party’s membership card and since he left there has been peace in the party. According to him, Obasanjo should wait till after the election when the PDP will trounce his candidate and see how Nigerians will celebrate the victory. He urged Obasanjo to do away with the primitive idea of running down anybody not anointed by him.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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