The former President of Nigeria, General Olusegun Obasanjo wrote an 18-paged letter to the current President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in December 2013 and few months down the line he categorically states that he doesn’t regret writing the letter.

I-Don't-Regret-Writing-Jonathan-Letter-Obasanjo-FAB-Magazine (1)The letter titled “Before It Is Too Late” excoriated the President Goodluck Jonathan – criticizing his leadership, character and track record. Obasanjo accused the president of condoning corruption, parochialism, dishonesty and training a killer-squad. He said Jonathan had promised him previously to do only one presidential term.

I-Don't-Regret-Writing-Jonathan-Letter-Obasanjo-FAB-Magazine (3)I-Don't-Regret-Writing-Jonathan-Letter-Obasanjo-FAB-Magazine (2)In his response, President Jonathan accused Obasanjo of endangering national security and making false, substantiated allegations.

Speaking to BBC, Obasanjo said his letter was not meant to be confrontational but was aimed at drawing the president’s attention to national issues. Asked if he regretted writing the letter, Obasanjo said, “Why should I regret? You only regret when you fail to do the right thing before it’s too late. But writing a letter at the right moment, a letter that is the right letter to write, and you wrote it, you should not regret writing that.”

He said if Jonathan wanted any discussions on their relations or on any other matter affecting both of them, his doors would remain open for that. He says, “My letter says it all” and when asked what motivated him to write the letter he simply said he had nothing more to say as everything had already been said in the 18-paged letter.

 

Since his retirement, Former Nigerian president General Olusegun Obasanjo has been involved in several initiatives around the continent – using his stature as a statesman to highlight causes close to his heart. His latest venture – the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation concentrates on issues affecting youth – like leadership, education and health. And he’s a busy farmer – employing around 7000 people in agricultural concerns in Nigeria.

Read General Obasanjo’s Letter to Jonathan HERE

Read President G. E Jonathan’s reply HERE

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