Letter-General: Obasanjo Writes Another Letter!
The former President of Nigeria, General Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) has grabbed his pen again and this time, the recipient of his missive is none other than his colleague, the President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari that emerged after last Saturday’s election.
In the letter, Obasanjo congratulates General Muhammadu Buhari and hails the doggedness and persistence that helped in the realization of his ambition to lead Nigeria-again.
He urges him to be magnanimous in victory and also points in the direction the new President should go. Needless to say, OBJ mentioned areas he thinks Buhari should hurriedly look into.
Below is the full letter…
I hasten to congratulate you on your success and victory in the Presidential Elections of March 28, 2015. Your success and victory after three previous unsuccessful attempts must be great object lessons for you and for all politicians, particularly in Nigeria. For me, the totality of 2015 elections hold many lessons for our democracy and democratisation process, which are both maturing. On this occasion, the system has been unnecessarily overheated before and particularly during the campaigns when emphasis was more on trivialities and hate, divisive, undignifying and disrespectful statements and comments rather than on pressing issues requiring attention.
I know that in victory, you will be magnanimous to start binding the wounds and bitterness occasioned by the campaign and the evil disciples.
With so much harm already done to many national institutions including the military, which proudly nurtured you and me, you will have a lot to do on institution reform, education, healthcare, economy, security, infrastructure, power, youth employment, agribusiness, oil and gas, external affairs, cohesiveness of our nation and ridding our land of corruption.
Your varied and wide experience will undoubtedly stand you in good stead. I am also sure that there are men and women of goodwill, character and virtue across the board that you can mobilise to join hands with you in the reform, repairs and redirection that will be imperative to put Nigeria back on the fast lane of good governance, unity, cohesiveness, development and progress.
Once again, I felicitate with you and wish you well.
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