From Paul Ibe, Enugu
The youth wing of the apex Igbo umbrella body, the Ohanaeze Youth Council, has warned former President Olusegun Obasanjo, over his consistent negative remarks against President Goodluck Jonathan.
The former President had for some time now launched media attacks on President Jonathan, accusing him of shifting the general polls dates because he was afraid of defeat.
OYC also warned Chief Obasanjo to stop inciting Nigerians against the President, who, according to them, “has dwarfed the achievements of all former Nigerian leaders.”
Speaking with newsmen in Enugu, National President of OYC, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said “Obasanjo should stop fanning the embers of war through his unguarded utterances against a sitting President.”
He accused Chief Obasanjo of plotting, in connivance with some undemocratic elements, to topple Jonathan’s government through inciting comments, warning that any attempt to derail Nigeria’s democracy would be resisted.
“He should not plunge Nigeria into another civil war through his hate remarks against Jonathan,” he said.
The OYC leader said corruption was institutionalized during the administration of Chief Obasanjo and wondered when the former President overnight turned into the vanguard of democracy.
“Obasanjo should know that he has expired politically and Nigerian youths cannot allow him and other spent forces that belong to the past to ruin our future.
“Nigeria cannot buy his belated and selfish idea of Interim National Government, and all those plotting to put Nigeria backwards will be disappointed because the youths are now wiser.”
Mr. Isiguzoro further argued that “if anyone should be afraid of going to jail because of corruption and illegality, it is Obasanjo who superintended over the destruction of Odi town while he was in office.”
He posited that President Jonathan deserved the right to seek re-election and should not be deprived of that right by “members of a self-serving cabal who think that Nigeria is their private estate.”