Jonathan’s Sniper List May Actually Exist, Don’t Sweep Issues In Obasanjo’s Letter Under the Carpet – Falana
Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana yesterday urged Nigerians not to sweep under the carpet, issues raised in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Goodluck Jonat
He said this at the public presentation of “Before we forget: Obasanjo’s letter to President Jonathan and the aftermath”, a book on the controversial letter and the diverse reactions it generated within and outside Nigeria.
According to Falana, who was the chairman of the occasion, Obasanjo’s allegation that President Jonathan was training snipers, which the President has said nothing about, means there may actually exist, a watch list common to leaders, which Obasanjo as a former President is aware of.
He said the reason why Obasanjo brought it to the knowledge of the public may be on the basis that the number of people in Jonathan’s watch list increased to 20, higher than what it used to be.
“Two of our rulers decided to dance naked in public. For the President and his Baba, we commend them for revealing many things to the people of Nigeria. “One of the important points in that letter was the place it mentioned training of snipers. President Jonathan has brushed aside, all those allegations and all we need to do is to keep them alive,” Falana said.
In his welcome address, author of the book, Mr. Francis Abayomi, who is also the director, Peace and Development Projects, PEDEP, said Obasanjo’s 18-page letter, which was made public late 2013, added another twist to the crises that have dominated President Jonathan’s administration.
“The reactions that followed were overwhelming. The debate around the letter provided multiple lenses with which to view our country, her people and the polity,” he said.
According to Abayomi, the objective of documenting the public engagement elicited by Obasanjo’s letter was borne out of the desire to invest our politics with documentation of history. “Because we live in a country where we forget so soon, the book is aimed at documenting the debate on the basis of facts rather than fictions.
“In this 237-page documentation, what we have simply done is to put the issues permanently in the court of public opinion so that useful lessons could be drawn from history as the country grapple with the quest for leadership and governance,” he stated.
Reviewing the book, Executive Director, Centre for Constitutionalism and Demilitarisation, CENCOD, Dr. Sylvester Odion Akhaine said that beyond the specifics of avuncular and verbal castigation, Obasanjo’s letter identified five key areas where President Jonathan needs to be assessed.
These are leadership of the ruling party, leadership of the Federal Government, leadership of the defence forces, stewardship over the security of the nation and the political leadership of the country.
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