14 February 2014

Nigeria: Obasanjo - No Regret Over Letter to Jonathan

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said he never regretted writing his scathing letter to President Goodluck Jonathan in December.

Speaking to BBC yesterday, Obasanjo said his letter was not meant to be confrontational but was aimed at drawing the president's attention to national issues.

He said if Jonathan wanted any discussions on their relations or on any other matter affecting both of them, his doors would remain open for that.

"Since I wrote the letter, we spoke about six times," Obasanjo said, according to a news item on the BBC Hausa website.

Asked if he regretted writing the letter, Obasanjo said, "Why should I regret? You only regret when you fail to do the right thing before it's too late.

But writing a letter at the right moment, a letter that is the right letter to write, and you wrote it, you should not regret writing that."

In his letter to Jonathan, Obasanjo accused the president of condoning corruption, parochialism, dishonesty and training a killer-squad. He said Jonathan had promised him previously to do only one presidential term.

But in his response, Jonathan accused Obasanjo of endangering national security and making false, substantiated allegations.

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