Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has come under attack from
the Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum over his campaign against
President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2019 general
In a strongly worded statement signed by its General Secretary,
Akin Malaolu, on Friday night, the group said Obasanjo was trying
to deceive Nigerians again with “rhetorical and platitudinous
The statement came barely 24 hours after Obasanjo endorsed the
African Democratic Congress (ADC) as the political platform to be
deployed to unseat Buhari in 2019.
Addressing a news conference in Abeokuta on Thursday, Obasanjo
said his Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) had adopted the
ADC as its political party.
The former leader explained that the adoption followed a “detailed
examination and wide consultations by the leadership of the
Movement with the consideration of the orientation and policies of
On Jan. 23, Obasanjo wrote Buhari criticising him over a number of
national issues, including the killings of innocent Nigerians, and
advised him against seeking re-election.
The former president upped the ante in a statement by his
spokesman, Kehinde Adeyemi, in March describing Buhari as a
Yoruba Ronu, a staunch supporter of the current president, said it
was not surprised by Obasanjo’s several statements to hoodwink
The socio-political group said it rather found it surprising that the
ex-president and his “fellow travelers took Nigerians for fools”.
It said, “However, Nigerians do sincerely and mournfully
remembered what the conditions of things were in relation to
unemployment, corruption and general decadence of our many
institutions of governance in the 16 years of PDP in power.
“It was not without doubt that the Yoruba Ronu leadership forum
warned Nigerians against trusting the candidate Jonathan in 2010
due to his several weaknesses and obtuseness in power.
“More so, when Jonathan himself confirmed to our foreign friend,
former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders, that
he lacked the administrative experience to be president, but was
there by chance because of where he came from which was South-
“Today, we can measure with clarity of mind, the sad and obtuse
footprints he left behind.
“Leaders across the two divides, and including Obasanjo, Ohaneze
and Afenifere, all saw Jonathan’s incapacitation in administration
but they chose self-regarding objectives rather than other
regarding objectives in their very many decisions.”
Obasanjo is generally believed to have influenced Jonathan’s
emergence as Vice to late President Umaru Yar’Adua in the 2007
In the 2011 presidential elections, Obasanjo also played a big role
in the election of Jonathan as President after he took over the
saddle following Yar’Adua’s death in 2010.
Yoruba Ronu continued, “Democracies which distinguished a man
from his office was snubbed for religion and tribalism to hold
“They planted the seed of division long before now and they are
still repeating same perplexing errors in their ignorance.
“The people of Nigeria today wear better spectacles and with good
perceptions to know what is good for them and for their children’s
“They are not going to allow some false leaders and leaders that
could commit abomination with ease take away their hopes in the
present government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We must warn against war, because wars have never solved the
needs for war anywhere in the world and in wars, procreation is
delayed, women and their children would suffer.”
“Nigerians must pray fervently against these ignoble men and their
desire to enslave us all, we must pray for the extermination of
what they all stands for.
“The progressives and APC must prepare themselves in this war of
attrition between thesis and antithesis, a political war that will be
won by them due to fairness, justice and happiness, which they
have promoted in this present administration of President Buhari.
“Those who may want to go can go in peace, but the generality of
Nigerians and the Yoruba race are with Buhari and the APC.
“We awesomely believe in the intervention and righteousness of
the present Government in administration.