by ‘Jola Sotubo
The controversial 18-page letter written to President Goodluck Jonathan by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has finally been replied.
The letter, which was the subject of much conversation yesterday, attacked the president and accused him of pursuing his own selfish interests instead of putting the nation and its citizens first.
The Presidency, represented by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, has responded to the letter and called it “unbecoming, mischievous and provocative.”
The Presidency’s statement read thus:
“We have noted the publication on several websites today of a letter recently written by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“We however find it highly unbecoming, mischievous and provocative that a letter written by a former Head of State and respected elder statesman to President Jonathan has been deliberately leaked to the mass media in a deplorable effort to impugn the integrity of the President and denigrate his commitment to giving Nigeria the best possible leadership.
“While many patriotic, objective and well-meaning Nigerians have already condemned the leaked letter as self-serving, hypocritical, malicious, indecent, and very disrespectful of the highest office in the land, President Jonathan has directed that none of his aides or any government official should join issues with Chief Obasanjo over it.”
“The President himself will, at the appropriate time, offer a full personal response to the most reckless, baseless, unjustifiable and indecorous charges levied against him and his administration by the former Head of State.”
The Presidency also acknowledged it had received the said letter.