Goodluck Jonathan rebuked by former president

Olusegun Obasanjo calls possible 2015 re-election run 'fatally morally flawed'.

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  1. Obasanjo holds a strong position in Jonathan's People's Democratic Party, and formerly served as head of the military government from 1976 to 1979 and as president from 1999 to 2007.

    In the 18-page letter, the former president implores Jonathan to take a harsher stand on government corruption:
  2. And if you are not ready to name, shame, prosecute and stoutly fight against corruption, whatever you do will be hollow. It will be a laughing matter.
  3. He also criticises the Jonathan for failing to accept constructive criticism:
  4. Mr . President, let me plead with you for a few things that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your life. Don’t always consider critics on national issues as enemies.
  5. In a separate letter leaked this week, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Lamido Sanusi alleged nearly $50 billion in oil revenue which should have gone to the central bank had not been paid. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation reportedly rejected the allegation. Obasanjo also critiques Jonathan for alleged missing oil revenue. 
  6. Let me repeat that as far as the issue of corruption, security and oil stealing is concerned, it is only apt to say that when the guard becomes the thief, nothing is safe, secure nor protected in the house.
  7. In response to the letter, President Jonathan's media adviser Reuben Abati offered a harsh critique:
  8. Abati also attacked Jonathan's critics in a blog post on his personal website.
  9. They have no original claim to their pretensions other than they were privileged to have been in the corridors of power once upon a time in their lives. They obviously got so engrossed with their own sense of importance they began to imagine themselves indispensable to Nigeria.  It is dangerous to have such a navel-gazing, narcissistic group inflict themselves with so much ferocity on an otherwise impressionable public. We are in reality dealing with a bunch of hypocrites.
  10. Abati's response was not well received online.
  11. Although the response from Nigerians on Twitter was overwhelmingly critical of Jonathan, many took the opportunity to criticise Obasanjo as well.
  12. Obasanjo wasn't a saint himself, but of all the available evils we have left in this country, he's the safest.
  13. Former Nigeria president Olusegun Obasonjo has no locus standi or moral right to question the excesses of President Goodluck Jonathan government on tenure elongation.
  14. Still, response to Obasanjo's letter was largely positive.
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