When Two Fools Fight, It Is Language That Suffers: IBB, A Fool At 70 Says Obasanjo; But He Is Bigger Fool-Babangida!

IBB Vs OBJ
By Ademola Oni and Olusola Fabiyi

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday responded to the recent criticisms of his administration by a former military dictator, Gen Ibrahim Babangida, dismissing Babangida’s assessment as the “ranting of a foolish man”.

The former President, in an interview with selected reporters at his Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State, said that his achievements as a two-term civilian head of state towered above the legacies of Babangida’s eight-year rule.

He said, “Normally when I read these things I don’t believe them. Yesterday (Wednesday), when somebody phoned me and said this was what he (Babangida) said, I said, ‘Don’t believe it.’ They got me the newspapers and I read them. It’s a bit unlike Babangida. But if Babangida has decided, on becoming a septuagenarian, that he will be a fool, I think one should probably do what the Bible says in Proverbs Chapter 26, verse 4. It says don’t answer a fool because you may also become like him.

“When you go to the same Proverbs Chapter 26 verse 5, it says answer a fool so that he will not think he’s a wise man. So, I am now torn between which of the two verses I should follow in this respect.”

Babangida, however, reacted to Obasanjo’s remarks on Thursday, calling Obasanjo “a greater fool.” “We do not want to believe that he (Obasanjo) truly said that, but if it is true that he did say that, Nigerians know who the greatest (sic) fool is,” Babangida said in a statement by his spokesperson, Prince Kassim Afegbua.

“In terms of decency, finesse, class, distinction and general conduct, IBB could be described in the superlatives but for Obasanjo, God bless Nigeria.

“For a man who cannot possibly tell his true age, one may excuse his present outburst as the effusions of a witless comedian trying effortlessly to impress his select audience.

Obasanjo, himself a military dictator between 1976 and 1979, was elected president between 1999 and 2007. Babangida seized power in a military coup in 1985 and ruled till 1993 when he “stepped aside” in the aftermath of the crisis that greeted the annulment of the 1993 presidential election.

The spat between the two former heads of state began on Wednesday when Babangida, in an interview to mark his 70 birthday, berated the ex-president for lacking in vision and said his eight years in government had been a failure.

But Obasanjo argued that the premise on which IBB based his assessment exposed the former military dictator’s “ignorance”.

He said, “Unfortunately, some of the things he said were not well thought-out. For instance, he talked about our energy sector. When I was the military head of state, I built Jebba Dam; built Shiroro Dam; and I prepared the foundation of Egbin Power Plant, which President (Shehu) Shagari completed and inaugurated. That time, the money we were making was not up to the money Babangida was making annually for his eight years. Yet, we built two dams, because it was important.

“You know that power is the driving force for development and for any developing country. But since the building of Egbin power plant, until I came back in 1999, there was no generating plant for almost 20 years and Babangida spent eight years out of that. Now, he has the audacity to talk about anybody. I think that is unfortunate.

“Then, as elected president, I built Papalanto, Omotosho and others. I started five Independent Power Stations which were stopped for two-and-a-half years. As a country, Nigeria should be adding nothing less than 1,500 megawatts annually. South Africa with a population of 50 million generates 50,000 mega watts.

“As at 1999, we met 1,500 mega watts before we took it up to 4,000 mega watts. What we started they are now allowing it to go on. I believe if they continue with the programme that we left, in another two years, we will get to 10,000.”

Obasanjo added that the ex-dictator deserved pity as a result of the “inherent contradictions” in his comments.

He said, “I also read where he said in his time, he gave the dividends of democracy and at the same time he regretted. When I read that, I said Babangida should be pitied and shown sympathy rather than anger or condemnation because the old saying says a fool at 40 is a fool forever and I would say a regret at 70 is a regret too late. Well, a regret at 70 is a regret to the grave.”

Former Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, had claimed that Obasanjo blocked the sale of Nigeria Airways while testifying before the Senate Committee probing the sale of public enterprises from 1999 to date.

Obasanjo admitted that he blocked the sale of Nigeria Airways under the privatisation programme but explained that he did so because the organisation was not viable for sale.

Obasanjo said, “I blocked the sale of Nigeria Airways; not that I attempted to block the sale of Nigeria Airways. When I was the military head of state, Nigeria Airways had 32 aircraft. By the time I came back as elected president of Nigeria in 1999, Nigeria Airways had only one aircraft. One of the 32 was wide bodied; they had all gone. The report on which we worked is here and the amount of money we would have had to pay if Nigeria Airways was sold. What we would have got out of it was less than 10 per cent of the debt we had to pay. That will be the debt Nigeria taxpayers would have had to pay. I won’t run my own affairs that way, so I opted for liquidation.

“So, it was bankrupted, it was liquidated. In which case, whatever you gain from liquidation, which is also a form of sale, (it) means the burden will be shared by all the creditors and everybody. So, I did not allow normal privatisation or sale because it would have put a very heavy burden on Nigeria. In fact my administration should be commended for that,” he added.

However, Babangida, in the statement, alluded to the widely held belief that he was one of the powerbrokers who engineered Obasanjo’s ascension to power after his prison term.

The statement reads, “When he was released from prison and granted state pardon, bathed in cerebral ornaments and clothed in royal beads and later crowned as President of Nigeria, IBB was not a fool then.

“Now that he is at the extreme of his thoughts and engagements, he can decide to dress IBB in borrowed robes. But the histories of both of them, when put to public scrutiny comparatively, IBB is far glowing and instructively stands poles apart from Obasanjo.

“On the issue of performance, Obasanjo cannot contemplate a comparison of his largely acquisitive regime that plundered our hard-earned state resources, with that of the IBB government with a verifiable record of achievements.

“Despite the fact that he carried out a clinical investigation of IBB’s regime, what did he establish against him? Nothing! We wish to refer Obasanjo to the National Assembly to give his own side of the story to the several revelations that have become the themes of his orchestra when he held sway as President of Nigeria. Perhaps, he would be able to tell the world how he managed Nigeria’s resources during his regime.”
 

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"I don't know if this will get censored.it done yearly is what made her battle that much easier.

God is beginning to hear the cry of Nigerians.

There shall continue to be disagreements between all our rulers who have collectively put us all and our nation in this mess. champions of lootocracy who meant no good for their nation. They all had their opportunities to write not only their names indelibly on the hearts of Nigerians positively; but no: they choose the other way-wanting to be known for evil and unabashed infliction of pain of the people of Nigeria. This is just the beginning. God will visit them one by one for the lives they have all destroyed in Nigeria. I believe it is God that is exposing them if not what would the celebration of an individual's birthday got to do with Nigeria and who is more evil or angelic than the other?
They are just bringing back to memory the pains they have inflicted upon Nigerians. Who are those behind boko haram?

AMEN!!!!

Just want to say a big Amen to your prayer concerning those two leaders; but they are not alone in this, so all our leaders who have made us slaves and prisoners should face same fate as you have prayed. We both are in agreement, and I bet you there are yet many who feel the same way as we feel.
God bless you.
Joe

two hyenas

These two crooked billionares,callin each other names is so sad.theyve both done nothing to be proud of.would someone pls tell them to shut-up and give back some of their LOOT!!!!

both of them make life hard to nigerians

i must say both of them are responsible for the downfall of Nigeria.....IBB in his regime 1985;1993 made the economy of Nigeria run. he met a dollar to Naira at dollar-0.894 to 1 naira when he left the exchange rate jump to 17.30kobo to dollar within 8 years.... when OBJ came in fuel price was 11;00 Naira per liter instead of him make life better for people, he wakes up every morning and announce an increase in fuel price... after his 8 years we all know how much the fuel price was.... .it was reported in the Vanguard of June 19, 2003 that the federal government has "invested N1.02 trillion in the Poverty Eradication Fund (PEF) between 1999 and 2002," yet Nigeria is the 26th poorest country in the world then.that was in OBJ'S TIME...... LET THE TWO OF THEM COMES OUT AND SEEK FORGIVENESS FROM NIGERIANS BEFORE ITS TOO LATE BECAUSE THEY MAKE MILLIONS NIGERIAN CRY EVERYDAY THEY ARE ALMOST AT THEIR END MIN ON EARTH.

OBJ & IBB

This is a shameful act honestly. Infact it is obvious now that these are the most useless presidents Nigeria ever had. Please save the face of this country.

ibb vs obj

I do not care obj Either! he is not as wise as he pretends to be, silence should have been his response!but because he has a foolishness not identifying wen a trap is set for him, lol! he fell for it!the worst guy in this scenario is Kassim Afegbua, who by all standards is a sycophant!poor boymortgaging his future for a bleak course!what him think the gift of "fool at 70" for a birthday gift to his boss is uncalled for? why should your boss recourse to innuedos for his special birthday message!besides, if he really 'managed poverty' like he wanted us to beleive, shall we ask what happrnd to the Gulf oil proceeds? what poverty would spring a city like Abuja in just 5 years (having been proposed some 20 years before IBB)?The problem with IBB is that he is yet to accept that he has failed Nigerians

A failure tries to identify

A failure tries to identify with another failure! why compare himself with OBj? was OBJ the only expresident that served about the same lenght of tenure like IBB? if not for his guilty disposition, why can't IBB compare his administration with that of Gowon? comparing a democractic dispensation to a military regime is like comparing white to black!if there are to be similies, then Ibb should should compare himself to OBJ of 1979!

IBB vs OBJ

IBB took a sad and wrong step using his 70th birthday to describe OBJ's tenure as "a failure".A wiser person would have used the opportunity to reflect on his own contributions to Nigeria!

There is so much that IBB and OBJ have to answer as far as their tenures as leaders is concerned. IBB needs to explain what happened to the Gulf Oil windfall, the annulled June 12 elections, his love for coup d'etat......

My opinion is that IBB is bitter. He deserves to be so because OBJ did not reciprocate his previous "good" gestures with opportunity to return in 2007 and 2011 to right his previously committed wrongs.He is going to rue till his day of death the opportunity he frittered away in 1993!

As for both men, there is the day of judgement!

AN UNHAPPY MAN

IBB is the worst man to have led this country and will ever be in God's name. I see an unhappy man at his twilight. It is all vanity. Sleep in all the 50 bedroom at the same time. what a pity.

I AM SURE BOTH IBB AND OBJ

I AM SURE BOTH IBB AND OBJ ARE PAST THE AGE THEY CLAIMED TO BE. BY THEIR UTTERANCES, THEY ARE BEHAVING LIKE TWO KIDS. SINCE THEY ARE NOT KIDS AND SENILITY ATIMES MAKE OLD PEOPLE BEHAVE LIKE KIDS, I THINKS WE SHOULD JUST LET THEM BE. BOTH DID GOOD AND BAD DURING THEIR TENURES BUT THE BAD OUTWEIGHED THE GOOD DEEDS......PERIOD.

I THINK WHAT GAVE THEM THE GUTS TO COME OUT AND BE YABBING EACH OTHER IS THAT WE FAILED TO REALLY SPELT OUT THEIR MISDEEDS TO THEM AND THIS WOULD HAVE MADE THEM TO BE QUIET FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES INSTEAD OF THESE KINDERGATTEN STUNTS THE ARE PUTTING UP.

They are both foxes!

They are both con men trying to steal public attention in a 'do or die' manner knowing fully well that they have been eliminated from the political equation of Nigeria.
None sense, punk ass niggers. They were both vagabonds in power(VIP). OBJ, tell us how much was your entire salaries and allowances for your service period in the Nigerian Army to have given you the financial leverage to set up Otta farm?
IBB, did you build your hilltop residence with your legitimate earnings ? No!
God will judge you both and your generatuons yet unborn for the attrocities you have committed against this nation.

FOOLS MAGAZINE PUBLISHED

THE NEW MAGAZINE IN TOWN HAS PUBLISHED THE NAMES OF FOOLS EX PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. THE TOP ON THE LIST IS

1)GEN. IBRAHIM BABANGIDA (IBB)

2)GEN. SANNI ABACHA (DECEASED)

3)OLUSEGUN OBASANJO

4)ERNEST SHONEKAN

5)GEN. ABDULSALAMI

6)PRES. SHEU SHAGARI

THESE OVERALL RATING IS BASE ON THERE PERFORMANCE WHILE THEY ARE IN OFFICE AND HOW THEY MAKE LIFE MEANINGLESS TO THE FELLOW NIGERIANS.

I ASK THE EDITOR OF THESE SAID MAGAZINE WHY IBB IS TOP ON THE LIST, HERE IS THE ANSWER HE GAVE ME.

HE SAID FOR SOMEBODY THAT POSSESSED THE WHOLE MONEY THAT SUPPOSE TO BE MEANT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF NIGERIA AND MAKE IT HIS OWN PERSONAL USED THAT PERSON MUST BE A FOOL, FOR A PERSON TO ACQUIRED A LAND THAT SUPPOSED TO BE MEANT FOR AGRICULTURAL USED AND TURN IT TO BUILD A MANSION THAT PERSON MUST BE FOOL,
A FOOLS ALWAYS CONSIDER EVERYTHING TO BE MINE MINE NEVER THINK OF OTHERS THAT PERSON MUST BE A GREATEST NO1 FOOLS A FOOLS NEVER THINK STRAIGHT

YOU ARE THE DUMMY IN THIS HOUSE

hey mr man, why do you have to come out and open up you mouth like a monkey to say, oni and fabiyi should think when you your self is not thinking, imagine you cant even identify simple reality about about peoples comment. please keep shut when reasonable Nigerians are talking.

IBB IS FRUSTRATED

IBB is angry and frustrated. He wanted to be a civilian President, but failed. That was why when He was disgraced after annulling June 12, He said He was stepping aside. He thought He would return later as a civilian President to continue with His evil genius.
IBB, where is Gloria Okon?

OBJ has his weaknesses, but comparing him to IBB is like comparing light to darkness.
In a civilized country, IBB should be cooling off in prison.
IBB, why did you not appear before Oputa Panel to clear your ''good name''

YORUBA E RO NU!!!!!!!

Ademola Oni and Olusola Fabiyi both of you are yoruba's.So sad you have decided to take one of your own(Obasanjo)to task.You people are your own enemies.You kill your selves.IBB killed Vatsa,Sakaba,Ekele,Orkar,Bisalla,Golmwalk,Gagara,Tensse,etc,rendered many widows and orphans,yet Northerners see nothing evil in IBB.But for you Yoruba's,Obasanjo is the devil re-incarnate.That was how you guys killed Akintola.You are wicked to your kith and kin for peanuts.Go through comments posted by Northerners on this,and you will see that every Northerner see's IBB as a saint.Not like you dafts.E RO NU!

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They are both foxes!

They are both con men trying to steal public attention in a 'do or die' manner knowing fully well that they have been eliminated from the political equation of Nigeria.
None sense, punk ass niggers. They were both vagabonds in power(VIP). OBJ, tell us how much was your entire salaries and allowances for your service period in the Nigerian Army to have given you the financial leverage to set up Otta farm?
IBB, did you build your hilltop residence with your legitimate earnings ? No!
God will judge you both and your generatuons yet unborn for the attrocities you have committed against this nation.

IBB BITTER AT 70

Perhaps IBB had hoped to celebrate his 70th Birthday in his beloved Aso Rock. Which OBJ tactically denied him and made sure that his dream to return back to Aso Rock that he steped a side in 1993 at the heat of the June 12 annulement became a history. IBB could not hide his indignation on OBJ's betrayal, remember sometime in 1999 IBB claimed he was the one that made it possible for OBJ to come back as a civilian President, possibly he had done that with hope that OBJ would hand over to him after his tenure. IBB could not hid the fact that OBJ has made him redundant in Nigeria politics, he use to be a factor, but today OBJ Has succeeded in demystifying him, all that clout is no more. and now comes the Bitter IBB throwing decorum to the dustbin, some undecerning minds will be Fooled into thinking that IBB meant well about Nigeria development.

CLASH of AGBAYAs

some hv tagged this "clash of the titans" but i call it "clash of the AGBAYAs"

IBB VS OBJ

This is intriguing,both past leaders are washing their dirty linen in the public but i strongly believe that history will judge both of them.

RE: KOLA O's Academic PARALYSIS and Obasanjo-Babangida Imbroglio

RE: Kola O: The Internet wraps up the entire world into a miniature wonder-Robot; seen, read and felt the world over which is why it is called; "W.W.W"- world wide web. You need to tone up information-wise so as not to MISINFORM and MISREPRESENT Facts, figures and forensic authentications. Mr Obasanjo Babangida remained two sides of a Counterfeited-coin in a rudely decimated and morally-jaundiced; and socially-polluted Milieu as Nigeria. They have been made RABID because the gods are DETERMINED to DESTROY them. And the process of their DEMISE has been set into MOTION.

Re: Obasano/IBB feud

When politicians becomes irrelevant in the public, they tend to team together to start doing or saying something that will attract the public. Leave the two giants alone, stop paying attention to them, then they becomes silence. Allow the newbread leaders to concentrate on repairing what they have damaged. God bless Nigeria.

You call a man a "fool at 70

You call a man a "fool at 70 for saying this?"

"...Well, the issue of the $16billion came from the
House of Representatives Committee on Power probe, that committee came
out with that and that was a lot of money. May be, it was more than
the money I made in eight years. If that was true, it was unhealthy that
such an amount of money could be spent without any result...."

Common! I know you are all biased in this forum, but you have to use your gumption or " gray matter" sometimes. This is a man who is found of abusing everybody, on TV, in the papers, etc. It's about time someone says to him, "Hey Mister, SHUT THE HELL UP!"

Are this old fools above the

Are this old fools above the law? because i wondered why they have not been brought to trial.Hadn't mean they are both languish in kirikiri, they wouldn't have had the time insulting themselves. Everyday is EFCC this and ICPC that, are they blind to see the 2 old fools, or are the fools ghost?

dont need say much

i dont have time to write many language on dis to men becos dey are both GREEDY BASTARD AND DID I JUST SAY ASSHOLE

O so OBJ knows Bible?

O please! Silly fool. We know all about his juju moves big time. A man that lacks morals. Believe me, OBJ is richer than IBB by far! By far, trust me. The guy hides under that brashful look, but very cunning. A very vindictive man, close to 85years. Obj never forgives and he thinks IBB stopped him from ruling again. Yes Ibb is not a saint but he still a better person than OBJ who strives on destroying people. Obj that destroyed his first wifeslife by sending soldiers to beat her up and drive her from her house in Lagos. A mother of 6 children!!! all for him? Cold bastard

RE: IBB and OBJ

This comparison is unfair and misguided

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