Indications emerged over the weekend that former president Olusegun Obasanjo is unhappy with President Goodluck Jonathan over some of the decisions he (Jonathan) had taken regarding the state of the nation.
Sources close to Obasanjo told LEADERSHIP that the former leader
seems disenchanted with President Jonathan with specific regards to
issues of insecurity, unemployment and mounting debt profile.
The source, a chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
told LEADERSHIP in Lagos over the weekend that the relationship might
not be irretrievably bad, however, the recent moves of the retired
general are just to register his displeasure at the state of affairs in
Obasanjo is said to be wooing aggrieved PDP members as well as
chieftains of opposition political parties for a possible showdown with
One of such moves is the symbolic gesture of the launch of appeal
fund for the construction of a mosque within the Olusegun Obasanjo
Presidential Library (OOPL), which had in attendance some governors from
the north, with the president being absent without sending
Obasanjo is said to be holding meetings with members of the
opposition parties informally as confirmed by the sources who spoke to
LEADERSHIP, but details of such meetings that have been described as
“casual” remain unknown.
The sources close to the Otta based farmer stated that the former
president’s major grouse against Jonathan is due to the composition of
his inner circle, which the source stated has prevented the president
from having balanced views of situations across the country.
“Baba (Obasanjo) is not particularly happy that the membership of the
inner caucus of the president does not have a national outlook. He is
of the opinion that due to the composition of the caucus which is
lopsided in favour of the president’s geo-political zone, it is
hampering his (Jonathan’s) ability to lead,” the source said.
According to the source, another issue that has put a wedge on the
relationship between the two is the mounting debt profile of the
country, which Obasanjo in a controversial manner offset before leaving
office in 2007.
“Baba is particularly disturbed by the rising debt profile of the
country, especially since the coming into being of the current
government. He is not happy at all,” the source who is a former state
commissioner in Lagos said.
Though the source stated that President Jonathan seems to be managing
the schism perfectly well by according Obasanjo his due as a statesman,
it is not known whether the former leader had met privately with the
Ijaw born leader.
Obasanjo had recently at a conference in Dakar, Senegal raised an
alarm that the growing unemployment rate in the country had become
rather unmanageable, saying if the trend is left unchecked, the country
could witness a revolution.
A statement, which some political analyst believe was a calculated
attempt by him to express his reservations on the state of the nation