CHIEF Mathew Okikiola Aremu Olusegun Obasanjo is a household name in the country. Apart from being a famous person due to his political visibility, he is indeed the most opportuned living Nigerian former Head of State. He is hugely successful in military exploits, a notable farmer, eminent entrepreneur, founder of academic institutions including a university and a globally acclaimed library.
MANY of his peers have reasons to envy him. He rose to the rank of a General in the Nigerian Army and triumphantly capped it with being a military Head of State and a two-term civilian president.
HIS records are evidently and pointedly intimidating and unsurpassed. A military hero who led Nigeria to victory against Biafra. In Nigeria today, he remains the only military ruler to have voluntarily handed over power to civilians. The enigma whose sobriquet is Ebora Owu, meaning (ghommid) was sent to gulag by the Abacha regime from where he came back to be the president of the country. No Nigerian leader has ever achieved the feat.
OBASANJO holds a Ph.D. in Christian Theology 11 years after relinquishing power.
A prolific writer, author of many books and founder of the prestigious Obasanjo Farms and Obasanjo library which sit atop of 32 hectares of land at Oke Mosan Abeokuta is a centre of tourism and academic research.
AT family level, he is prodigiously prolific with many wives and successful children who have Ph.Ds in their respective endeavours.
IT is difficult for this greatly successful human being to be humble erroneously assuming that other unlucky and unsuccessful persons of his generations are fools
A psycho analysis of the man depicts him of arrogance, pride, vengeance and self promotion. His latest letter of endorsement of Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate like others have triggered a national brouhaha and will continue to generate discussions even after the February 25 general elections.
THE crux of the matter is whether Obasanjo was right to endorse any of the presidential candidates jockeying for election come next February. The answer is Yes or No depending on which side of the pendulum you belong. Obasanjo as a Nigerian citizen is obviously and eminently qualified to endorse anybody and has a constitutional right to do so, but the value of the endorsement remains a guess.
MANY Nigerians have faulted all the parameters canvassed by Obasanjo for his endorsement of Mr. Obi. If Mr. Obi as excellently advertised by Obasanjo is the best among the contenders now, how come he bluntly refused to endorse Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1979 who Obasanjo cynically thumbed down that “the best candidate may not win” in that election.
PERHAPS, if Awo who is the real Ebora of Yoruba race had won that election against the Lilliputian Shehu Shagari, many of the problems starring the country frontally would have been solved .
OBASANJO, if truth must be told is one of the primary problems of Nigeria and should stop playing the messiah .
OBASANJO must henceforth refrain from provoking in particular the Yoruba race whom he had undeservedly benefitted from their struggles without acknowledging or believing the political goodwill.
HIS latest letter is a sad reminder of his perfidious campaigns against the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and business Mogul, Chief M.K. O. Abiola. The high expectation of Nigerians is that their leaders dead or alive would wish the country a healthy and political rebound to make it the toast of global community. Those who have been lucky to be in the saddle of power must not push their luck too far by stoking old wounds, tribal and religious sentiments to further jag the rough wounds of the nation.
THE Hope counsels Obasanjo to seek the path of a true, National leader in his views by continuing to play a father figure to all.