24 December 2013

Nigeria: Obasanjo to Jonathan - I Stand By My Letter

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Obasanjo's letter

Abeokuta — Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yester-day said he would not make further comments on the exchange of letters he had with President Goodluck Jonathan.

In his reply to Obasanjo's December 2 letter, Jonathan hd accused the former president of laying landmines for him and threatening national security.

But Obasanjo's spokesman Tunde Oladun-joye, in a statement in Abeokuta yesterday, said the ex-president would no longer say anything regarding his exchanges with Jonathan. He said Obasanjo had made this clear in his letter to the president.

The statement said following the publication of Jonathan's letter, "we have received several requests from local and international media asking to know Chief Obasanjo's reaction to Mr. President's response.

"One, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, acknowledges Mr. President's letter/response. However, Baba, as he already indicated in his December 2, 2013, does not wish to make further comments beyond the contents of his last letter to the Mr. President or react to the said letter/response from Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

"Let me quote from page fourteen, paragraph two of Chief Obasanjo's letter to Mr. President dated December 2, 2013 and titled Before It Is Too Late: 'I will maintain my serenity, because by this letter I have done my duty to you as I have always done, to your government, to the party, PDP, and to our country, Nigeria'.

"Two, let me reiterate here, that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR has tremendous respect for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

"Chief Olusegun Obasanjo sincerely appreciates all of you, my cherished colleagues; gentlemen and women of the media profession, who have been very upright, ethical and robust on the subject matter."

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