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I Told Lai Mohammed Not To Reply Obasan­jo, Says Buhari

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari while address­ing mem­bers of Buhari Sup­port Organ­i­sa­tion at the Pres­i­den­tial Vil­la, Abu­ja, on Fri­day, June 8.

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has explained that he was reluc­tant to reply for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo’s alle­ga­tions against his admin­is­tra­tion.

The Pres­i­dent said he told the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed’s not to reply for­mer Pres­i­dent Obasan­jo but the Min­is­ter insist­ed and replied.

He, how­ev­er, not­ed that the Min­is­ter, who “dis­obeyed’’ him not to reply the alle­ga­tions, did a good job.

But when Lai Mohammed came I said he shouldn’t, he insist­ed, he dis­obeyed me. He said he was going to remind Nige­ri­ans where we find our­selves when we came in as a gov­ern­ment, where we are now and what we have done with the resources avail­able to us.

And I under­stand he did a good job because a num­ber of peo­ple rang me and said Lai Mohammed has done a good job,” Buhari said.

Speak­ing to mem­bers of the Buhari Sup­port Organ­i­sa­tion who vis­it­ed him at the Pres­i­den­tial Vil­la in Abu­ja on Fri­day night, he said fur­ther that his Spe­cial Advis­er on Media and Pub­lic­i­ty, Femi Adesina, was also eager to reply the for­mer Pres­i­dent upon see­ing the alle­ga­tions but he stopped him.

Buhari said he first con­sid­ered the age dif­fer­ence between Adesina and for­mer Pres­i­dent Obasan­jo and that the sec­ond rea­son he deemed it right not to reply the let­ter was that he and the for­mer pres­i­dent were from the same mil­i­tary back­ground.

My press sec­re­tary was agi­tat­ed he want­ed to reply the let­ter, but I stopped him for two rea­sons.

First because he is much younger than For­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasan­jo, sec­ond­ly, he is from the same con­sis­ten­cy as Obasan­jo so I wouldn’t know how it will affect him if I allow him to go wild or go pub­lic.”

Buhari also observed that the reply by Lai Mohammed showed Nige­ri­ans the real­i­ties on the ground when the present admin­is­tra­tion assumed office in 2015 and its ongo­ing efforts to revive the inher­it­ed dam­aged econ­o­my.

For­mer Pres­i­dent Obasan­jo had ear­li­erraised the alarm that the Pres­i­dent Buhari-led admin­is­tra­tion has plans to frame him up, vic­timise and silence him.

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