The Olusegun Obasanjo We Know! By SOC Okenwa

By SOC Okenwa

We know Olusegun Obasanjo as the man of power who upon completion of his 8-year 'democratic' mandate outsmarted 'Mr-Fix-It' Anthony Anenih and took away his chairmanship of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the ruling PDP which he has just recently relinquished voluntarily citing the need for him to concentrate on his international engagements and time for retirement from active service. As a man who likes travelling a whole lot around the world (sometimes in solicited and unsolicited mediations between protagonists in a conflict) OBJ wanted some time to himself in order to concentrate on his hobby of globe-throtting!

We definitely know Gen. Obasanjo who is not afraid to take on any opponent or enemy. We recall his well-publicized spat with another much-hated retired military dictator sometime ago. Firing the first shot as though his image was better nationwide Gen. Ibrahim Babangida had, during his 70th birthday interview, compared his wasteful military regime with that of Obasanjo's presidency and concluded that OBJ failed given the huge funds that accrued to the national purse. Babangida the 'Maradona' was playing the role of a 'better leader' than Obasanjo in his always over-inflated ego and warped sense of patriotism and morality.

Obasanjo never wasted time in hitting back at the Minna-based retired despot. He told the world implicitly that Babangida was a "fool at 70!" who should consider any regret at 70 as a regret to the grave! Vintage OBJ. It would be recalled that during the Babangida years of larceny Obasanjo was very critical of IBB and on one occasion he intrepidly dismissed the Babangida regime as a 'fraud'!  Though Babangida through his Special Media Assistant Kazeem Afegbua responded virulently the damage had already been done by the OBJ acerbic attack. Though IBB drew the first 'blood' the OBJ 'cut' was the deepest!

We do know one Olusegun Obasanjo whose profile and reputation post-presidency has nose-dived. Few years ago as he touched down from an aircraft that brought him back home from one of his global junketing Obasanjo was physically assaulted by a loittering 'madman' inside the MMA Airport in Lagos. Blows were delivered to the Owu chief as the so-called insane fellow yelled at him for having failed the nation! That Obasanjo is a disappointment is an understatement; he had promised to fix Nigeria in 1999 after surviving the Abacha gulag but he spectacularly failed to live up to the collective expectation of Nigerians and the world at large.

We know Obasanjo the philanderer who 'mesmerised' women of different sizes and shapes during his 8-year presidency. His former wife had detailed in an interesting book how OBJ was a woman beater and a serial womaniser even when he was still in the military. His late wife Stella must have gone to Spain to undergo some surgery to be in a better shape in order to continue appealing sexually to this 'animal called man' whose voracious sexual appetite must be satisfied by a resident spouse if only to ward off external amorous adventure. The beautiful Edo-born ex-first lady never returned home as she died hours after the successful operation! OBJ has since moved on with his life; who knows who puts him in a 'killer mood' these days now that Stella is no more?

We certainly know OBJ the serial liar; a megalomaniac of a statesman who had on more than one occasion committed perjury in and out of office. After the spectacular failure associated with his third term gambit Olusegun Obasanjo had wanted to re-write history in a poor attempt at revisionism. On more than one occasion and demonstrating a nagging attitude towards duplicity OBJ had sought to deny third term distancing himself from the orchestrated plot that would have put our nascent democracy in jeopardy. If not for the vigilance of Nigerians especially the Nnamani-led Senate and the vibrant local media OBJ would have achieved his third term aim using 'Ghana-must-go' politics!

Recently he had told 'Channels' TV station in Lagos that he never initiated the bill in the National Assembly that sought to introduce the ill-fated third term. Those he mentioned as a way of giving 'bone' to his wild assertion had all come out to say the contrary!  Even the Senate President at that time, Ken Nnamani, had spoken out against the OBJ declaration wondering how and why an old man of his status could lie shamelessly. Others had equally excoriated him openly for trying to be more catholic than the Pope!

We know the Ota farmer as a vindictive man who hatched good and bad schemes with equal nasty determination. Recently he had paid an unscheduled visit to the Comrade Governor of Edo State and told reporters in Benin City that he was just passing by and decided to say 'hello' to his 'friend' Adams Oshiomhole. You would remember how this same Obasanjo used the incumbency PDP rigging machinery to 'steal' the guber victory of the ex-labour leader preferring Prof. Osunbor who was later sacked by an appeal court. In politics it is indeed true that there are no permanent enemies but interests and in OBJ's case politics is nothing but percuniary gains!

We know the old soldier who believes that God is always willing to give a listening ear to his supplications. Obasanjo once insulted the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) leadership dismissing the religious organisation sarcastically as "CAN my foot"! Someone Abubakar Atiku, his former embattled Vice President, once described as a 'marabout' with a lot of 'dark connections' during their public show of shame and power tussle as OBJ plotted to stop Atiku from the presidential race years ago. While this former Army General claims daily to be communicating with God, hearing from Him and seeking His face in whatever he does,  many things about his general state of mind suggest he also worships mammon(s)!

We know Obasanjo the experienced political strategist who 'disarms' his opponents with a combination of inducement, intimidation and persecution. When he was in power we do remember how he used the Nuhu Ribadu-led EFCC to persecute and prosecute his imaginary and real political opponents sometimes using the anti-fraud agency to execute daring impeachments of elected but rogue Governors. Sometimes, too, during his Aso Rock sojourn OBJ, in the spirit of 'settlement syndrome' associated with the Babangida years, would use money - hard currency - to obtain whatever he wanted. His method and tactics, though crude and rude, worked for him so well that he left Aso Rock swimming in good fortunes!

We know OBJ the big looter who cornered millions of dollars and billions of naira as he giddily presided over a nation in search of democratic evolution and socio-economic emancipation. Obasanjo came to power in 1999 a wretched bankrupt high profile prisoner cum president a la Nelson Mandela (surviving the physical and psychological onslaught unleashed on him by the late Kano-born Khalifa) who abused office and stole state funds running into millions of dollars in a democracy that was primitively compromised. Analysts, amazed by the monumental corruption he supervised during his second coming, were  almost concluding that he must have engaged in a psychological 'looting competition' with IBB. Between these high profile state criminals one is at a loss as to who stole more and did more damage to (the) Nigerian national project.

We know the author of 'My Command' as a pseudo-statesman accused by his own son of incest! Given his character and profile most Nigerians believed the side of the story of the son. For a man whose roots are still questionable including his exact date of birth nothing shocks anyone any more whenever such allegations surface; in my Igbo language our people would say: "Oyiri Ihe o ga eme" (it resembles what he can do). Obasanjo's sexual escapades are perhaps the only area IBB, morally, can claim some superiority.

We know Obasanjo as a hugely divisive figure who believes in divide and rule as a strategic measure of political relevance and dominion. OBJ enjoys the profile of being the only living Nigerian to have presided over the complicated affairs of this great nation in two different epochs -- one as a naive military man and the other as a brave civilian. Like Ibrahim Babangida he knows his country inside out and understands the language of power; OBJ is a master in the art of social networking. If the unity of the country clashed with his interest or ambition OBJ was ready to preach division only to turn around to preach peace and unity after succeeding in his scheme, diabolical or noble!

We know this man loathed by millions of Nigerians and loved by a very few among us as a crafty hypocrite who says one thing and does another thing. Obasanjo remains an old political fox even in retirement. He may not be a 'flashy' and charismatic leader in the mould of the bleaching retired military despot in Minna but he knows how to go about achieving whatever he fancies. He may not be or look like a handsome man to many but he executed easy forays into the world of Jezebels and Eves conquering them at will!

We know him, indeed, as a highly controversial figure who used weapons of manipulation, misguided declarations and high-profile comedy to remain visible and relevant in the scheme of things. We remember how he continued to 'over-heat' the polity with his public interventions. We cannot forget how he was reported to be 'using' President Jonathan to achieve certain desires like the appointment of his stooges and cronies in important state functions.

We know the Ota 'god' as the political animal that exploited the health challenges of the late President Yar'Adua for his own selfish immoral interest. He knew the delicate fatal state of health of the late former Katsina state Governor but still went ahead to 'coronate' him as his successor against capable hands and presidential materials jostling for the prime position. Besides, he had strategically positioned the current President as the Vice to Yar'Adua probably thinking that in the event of Yar'Adua dying in office the Bayelsa man of plenty goodluck would step in and that was what eventually happened solidifying his eminent position as the powerful godfather and kingmaker.

We know one Olusegun Obasanjo, the "witless comedian" (apology to the Minna-based 'Maradona') who often employed theatrics and dry comedy to play down or trivialise significant issues of the day as they affected the nation. In one encounter inside the MMA International Airport in Lagos Obasanjo was dancing away his apparent 'frustrations' with reporters as they sought his views on burning state matters. He never pretended to like journalists. And in yet another occasion the former over-bearing President pulled out his mobile phone from his pocket and asked the journalist to show him his own phone!

 He never pretended to like journalists. And in yet another occasion the former over-bearing President pulled out his mobile phone from his pocket and asked the journalist to show him his own phone!

SOC Okenwa
soco_abj_2006_rci@hotmail.fr

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We know the truths about

We know the truths about Olusegun Obasanjo, they can to tell lies till the cow come home. We know about Odi, about the illegal impeachments (Ladoja, Alamaseiya, etc), about the illegal misuse of EFCC and Ribadu and Soynka ties. We know about billions of dollars budgeted for roads, electricity, and education, but stolen by Obasanjo. We know about Obasanjo’s lies concerning PDP’s rotation agreements. We know about Arik Air and how public funds were cornered to acquire it. We know they love the Ota thief. This is why they hate Buhari – the only man that would have sent Obasanjo to account had the election not rigged in Jonathan’s favor. We know Soyinka is deep in this plot than they think, so do not mind the traitors. Enough Nigerians know their plot. Their thief must hang. 24/7 he is being watched – he has no where to run. This much we know.

@Frankista Tell the truth and

@Frankista
Tell the truth and shame the devils of Nigeria, for they are the albatross weighing down the nation; they have destroyed Nigeria. They ruled the best they know how and nothing works in that country. Look at the infighting in Osun and yonder. Look at the number of deaths all over the place. Who rigged elections in Ekiti rerun election – hausa or igbo or Yoruba? Who rigged elections in 2006 and 2007? Who created Boko Haram? Who introduced corruption as a science? Who used Adedibu to destroy Oyo? Who murdered all those people like Bola Ige, Funsho Williams, Marshall, and Odi people? Who sold Nigeria?

@Frankista Thanks for your

@Frankista
Thanks for your bold and truthful observations. Obasanjo came as a Yoruba, ruled as a Yoruba, and left Nigeria in his Yoruba image. Today there are more deadly thugs, more deadly clashes, and more deadly divisions in Oyo, Ekiti, Ogun, Osun, Kwara, and Lagos. There are now Afenifere and Afenifere Renewal Group in Ekiti, Adedibu Senators and Adedibu Renewal Prophets in Oyo, Awoists and Awosist Renewal Unknown Soldiers in Ibadan. Like a typical son of their people, Obasanjo enthroned peace, tranquility, and progress for his kin and kind in the cultural patern of his kind. He produced like his kind, and his kind is proud of his accomplishments. If you do not see as his kind, you are not patriotic like his kind. Nigeria is today known for remarkable improvements in science, education, and progress. Thanks to Obasanjo and thanks to his kind! Everyone in Nigeria knows nothing except his kind.

OBJ was the best Nigerian President but not for the Yaribas

Obj was the best President Nigeria has had for these reasons:

1. Instrumental to telecoms revolution
2. wiped out Nigeria's massive external debt of over 20bln dollars
3. left over 43 billion dollars to his successors
4. Nigeria's economy has been growing from 6% a year since 2001 to date. Nigeria experienced zero to negative growth for almost 20 years between 1981 to 2000. Every major bank projects Nigeria's rise to top 6 economies in the year 2050. Nigeria is where China was at the start of China's phenominal rise.
5. OBJ weakened significantly the core north and relatively the south west and strenthened massively the south south and relatively the north central and south east. Resulting in all 6 regions being of equal political importance, influence and power.
6. Reverse migration of Nigeria's intellectual capital began in earnest in the mid 2000's.

Obasanjo

I did say in a discussion with my friends when the great OBJ was been negatively critcized, that may we not miss OBJ. Five years after Nigerians are rooting for him. It shows a leader who means well for the country. An elder who loves to build his country, a father who does not brood disrespect, asnd a warrior who is not scared of a fight. Baba may your days be long--AMEN

This is Bas Bele

I wish Sahara reporters columnist/journalists could discharge their duties more with less bad belle and be more professional,there is nothing that justifies this write up,is Obasanjo the worst of all our past and present president/head of state definitely NO,even i can adjudged him our best ever.
We should try as an African and give respect to whom it is due,we do not need to write because you must write,i consult Sahara reporter almost thrice in a day for fresh news asap but this type of write up just to pull down people(whom God has lifted) will not help Sahara,THIS IS PURELY BAD BELLE,PLEASE DESIST

@Frankista

Bake it how you wish, there is no cup cake for you in this. Yes Obasanjo is, and remains the best, in comparism to the past and present rulers Nigeria had and have period. Yes in the midst of blinds, the one eye persons is king. All those who dismissed him lightly, as flash in the pan, he'll be here to give you enough nightmares to send you all to a nut-house! (Atiku,Ciroma and co can brief you) And for your take on the Yorubas, You are so blinded by the hatred of them that you failed to see how dumb your statement was. Accept my sympathy...

Obasanjo we know, what about Nigerians?

SOC Okenwa, an interesting narrative. Like some have said here Obasanjo has his positives. Whatever they are, I and a few others believe he is responsible for a majority of Nigeria's headaches today either through omission or commission.
While he is not an ethnocentric bigot (he is not admired in his geographical residence of abode - the South-West and he is an equal opportunity confusionist), you are right he speaks from both sides of the mouth. Zoning when it fits, something else when it does not.
The question is: we know Obasanjo. Do we know Nigerians though? The man used people to achieve everything he did or has done good or bad. Who are these people that he used?

They say they did not vote

They say they did not vote for him. They say they did not impose him on Nigerians. They admit that he imposed sick Yaradua and wobbly Jonathan. They admit that Nigeria is worse off today than she was in 1999. They even admit that Obasanjo collected more revenues from the Nigeria oil wealth than all the previous Nigeria presidents combined and produced more deaths, lawlessness, and destruction than all the previous Nigeria leaders put together. Yet, they say that the Yoruba animal is the “best” president so far.

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OBJ - The best President ever to RULE Nigeria

Hate him or love me, OBJ- so far - is the best President ever to rule NIGERIA. OBJ may be anything nut indecisive is not it. OBJ may be crude but he his mind is as sharp as it comes.

Granted he had a lot of short comings but the little positive attributes he had, set him miles apart from any other dead or living president of Nigeria.

In retrospect, we should have allowed him to go for a third term - maybe, he would have had a successor other than Yaradua.

Is OBJ the best NIgeria can offer - NO. But so far, he is the best that has ever ruled NIGERIA. Murtala Muhammed only ruled for 6 months but we would never know what he could have become had he ruled longer than that.

This writer is crying after spilled milk - OBJ is no longer in power. Jonathan is charge now and he would go down in history as the weakest President ever to bestride the country.

The MILITARY BOYS Should take over NOW!

@Frankista: Fool, you have no sense of history

@Frankista

Think before you talk your rubbish you ethnic bigot. The greatest opposition to Obasanjo came from the Yorubas. FOOL. Name one person for your no name ethnic group who stood up during OBJ's rule and i will name you 10 yorubas who stood up to OBJ during his rule !

What has the writer's father done to Nigeria

We need to ask the writer; your father must be of the same age with Obasanjo, what positive contribution did he made to Nigeria? Give the man some credit please.

@ Frankista

It is either you are an ignoramus or a moron if not,you would have known that it was the Northerners(IBB & co), who imposed this man on the country. Per adventure, you were not old enough when the elections of 1999 took place, this man scored less than ten percent of the total votes cast in the South-west and of course,we know in 2004 that the elections were rigged.In subsequent elections,when the man no longer had the means to rig, he lost even in his local ward.Again, it was this man that schemed the presidency in favour of Shagari in 1979 telling Nigerians the best candidate may never win.

From an Ota Gorilla to a moron from a zoo.

Any nation or people that end up having a rogue, incestuous man and liar like OBJ as leader deserve the hopelessness in the land now. From an Ota Gorilla to a moron from a zoo; how much more can a people get it wrong !

From an Ota Gorilla to a moron from a zoo.

Any nation or people that end up having a rogue, incestuous man and liar like OBJ as leader deserve the hopelessness in the land now. From an Ota Gorilla to a moron from a zoo; how much more can a people get it wrong !

It is only Yoruba people who

It is only Yoruba people who see Obasanjo as “their best” president ever to rule Nigeria.

This is not an accident or a mistake because Obasanjo is the “best” they will ever taste as part of the country called Nigeria. After Nigeria and after these people get their own separate Yoruba nation, they must make Obasanjo their perpetual ruler. Otherwise, they are confused hypocrites.

Everything under the name of Obasanjo was stolen from the people of Nigeria. The shoes on his feet, the hat on his head, and the agbada covering his useless body belong to the people of Nigeria. It is a matter of time when the total and complete accounting is done to recover every penny stolen by the Yoruba thug.

OBJ

As a Yoruba man, I never like the man, but, my IBO folks hates him. Something tells me that He is laffin at us. Give the man some credit, he is still standing Kampe !!!

The Real Disturbing 3rd Time Revelation Was ...

The real very disturbing revelation from Obj on 3rd term is his assertion "if I wanted 3rd term, I would have got it ..." This statement from one man out of 150 million Nigerians of all tribes and culture is extremely disturbing, far more than the 3rd term itself.

The real interpretation is, he could easily rewrite the constitution, re-arrange the electoral process and against the will of the people, install himself as the president of the country!

And, do you think it is possible in Nigeria? Absolutely YES!

And, was he right to say god (small letter god) he serves would grant him such travesty? Absolutely YES! After all, the Nigerian churches will be falling over each other to organise thanksgivings for him.

You are just too negative

There re good sides to what O.b j have done.you choose only the His short comings,But WE His fans ,He will forever remains our Hero.paying off the nations debt,bringing telephony to the ordinary man,and at best reorganising the Army.with ALL is short comings He remains the best nigeria ever produced.

The stupid idiot that wrote

The stupid idiot that wrote this piece must have just dropped from hell. You've abused OBJ enough! In civilised climes, the likes of OBJ are national heroes.
The man is not contesting anything with you now.

These are facts about OBJ: 1. Raised our foreign Reserve from less than $4b in 19990 to near $100b (including excess crude acct); 2. Reformed and reposition the military, to professionalism, thereby achieving the 1st civilian to civilian transition in Nigeria;
3. Paid off our foreign debts, thereby removing Nigeria from debtor nation's list; 4. Re-integrate the Biafrans into NA, converting their 'deserter/dismissal' status to pensionble retirements! Etc, etc.

These, plus many more are irrefutable FACTS that it take an idiot to not regard as Monumental accomplishments.

The stupid idiot that wrote

The stupid idiot that wrote this piece must have just dropped from hell. You've abused OBJ enough!

The man is not contesting anything with you now. These are facts about OBJ: 1. Raised our foreign Reserve from less than $4b in 19990 to near $100b (including excess crude acct); 2. Reformed and reposition the military, to professionalism, thereby achieving the 1st civilian to civilian transition in Nigeria;
3. Paid off our foreign debts, thereby removing Nigeria from debtor nation's list; 4. Re-integrate the Biafrans into NA, converting their 'deserter/dismissal' status to pensionble retirements! Etc, etc.

These, plus many more are irrefutable FACTS that it take an idiot to not regard as Monumental accomplishments.