Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo lied when he denied writing a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan on the performance of some agencies and the changes he wanted him to effect.
According to the lead story of The Nation newspaper of yesterday, Obasanjo, in the letter, advised Jonathan to sack five heads of Federal Government agencies. The men are of Northern origin.
The leadership of the North expressed disappointment at the letter and recommendation of the former president alleging marginalization and victimisaiton.
The protest of the North perhaps motivated Obasanjo’s denial of the letter.
Speaking with airport correspondents in Lagos yesterday, Obasanjo denied writing the offensive letter. He threatened to institute legal action against The Nation newspaper.
However, the newspaper reacted to the threat this morning by publishing the photocopy of the controversial letter on its front page.
In the letter, Obasanjo wrote inter alia: “I have observed with deep concern the continued public outcry over the grossly poor performances of some Federal Government interventionist agencies.”
The former president, according to the letter, recommended the following persons to head the agencies:
Dr. Torpedo Amananaghan from Bayelsa state to head the Petroleum Equalisation Fund, PEF; Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, Jigawa state — Education Trust Fund, ETF, Mr. Ibangha Nen, Cross River state — Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF, Mrs. Jumai Mohammed Agwai, Niger state — Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC and Senator Ebenezer Ikeyina, Anambra state — Industrial Training Fund, ITF.
The editors of The Nationa have insisted that they stand by their story.