This is getting messier than we thought. Hmmmm!
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has foreclosed any reaction to President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s reply to his highly controversial open letter.
Dr. Jonathan replied Obasanjoâ€™s letter on Sunday, denying the claims made by the ex-President in his December 2 letter.
Among the allegations by Obasanjo is that 1,000 Nigerians are on a political watch list and that snipers are being trained ahead of the 2015 elections.
Apart from denying the allegations, Dr. Jonathan said he had referred the matter to security agencies for probe.
Yesterday, Obasanjo said though he had been inundated with enquiries, â€œhe does not wish to make further comments beyond the contents of his last letterâ€.
He spoke through the deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2011 governorship polls in Ogun State, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye.
Obasanjo said: â€œSince the publication of the letter written by the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, which was in response to the letter earlier written by revered former President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, we have received several requests from local and international media, asking to know Chief Obasanjoâ€™s reaction to Mr. Presidentâ€™s response.
One, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, acknowledges Mr. Presidentâ€™s letter/response.
â€œHowever, Baba, as he already indicated in his letter of December 2, 2013, does not wish to make further comments beyond the contents of his last letter to Mr. President or react to the said letter/response from Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
â€œLet me quote from page 14, paragraph two of Chief Obasanjoâ€™s letter to Mr. President dated December 2, 2013 and titled Before It Is Too Late: â€˜I will maintain my serenity, because by this letter I have done my duty to you as I have always done, to your government, to the party, PDP, and to our country, Nigeria.â€™
â€œTwo, let me reiterate here, that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has tremendous respect for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
â€œFinally, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo sincerely appreciates all of you, my cherished colleagues; gentlemen of the media profession, who have been very upright, ethical and robust on the subject matter.â€
– The Nation