by Adeola Balogun
According to an aide of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the letter being circulated in the media and purported to be from Senator Iyabo Obasanjo to her dad, has not been received by Chief Obasanjo.
The letter is said to be an ‘open letter’ written by the senator in light of her father’s letter to President Goodluck Jonathan criticizing him (Jonathan) for “destroying the country”
Chief Tunde Oladunjoye, an aide of the former president, is said to have stated that no such letter has been received by his boss.
Vanguard Newspapers had Wednesday published the said letter written by the former president’s daughter, in which she had called her father a liar, manipulator and hypocrite, and reminded he that he did not own Nigeria.
In the letter, Ms. Obasanjo had made accused her father of orchestrating a third term for himself as president, cruelty to family members, abandonment of children and grandchildren, and also, a legendary reputation of maltreatment of women.
Iyabo, who forswore further political engagements in Nigeria, denied any political motive for her missive, and described Nigeria as a country where her father and his ilk have helped to create a situation where smart, capable people bend down to imbeciles to survive.
However, Oladunjoye who spoke with THISDAY on the phone yesterday said the former president had not received such a letter where Iyabo was said to have called her father names, saying “I confirm to you that Mr. Obasanjo has not received any such letter from his daughter.” According to him, I can tell you that such letter never existed. I can tell you authoritatively that it only existed in the imagination of those who forged and published it. It is the height of desperation by those who masterminded it.
Also commenting on the letter, a former minister and associate of the former president, informed THISDAY that Obasanjo was unaware of the letter before it was made public.
Even when he was reminded that it was an open letter meant for public consumption and therefore would not have been sent to the president personally, he insisted: “I can confirm that Obasanjo was not aware of the letter as he did not receive any. Yesterday (Tuesday) Iyabo spoke with her father and told him that she had not spoken to anybody in Nigeria for a while.
“However, we who are associates of Obasanjo strongly believe that the purported letter was an agenda to distract attention from the letter the former president wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan by attacking his personality and exploiting a supposed crisis between father and daughter. “Jonathan should respond to the issues raised in Obasanjo’s letter as doing so is more important.” Similarly, family members of Obasanjo told the online news medium Premium Times that the letter ascribed to Ms. Obasanjo was a forgery