The only way to reach you may be to make the public aware of some things. I remember clearly as if it was yesterday the day I came over to Abuja from Abeokuta when I was Commissioner of Health in OgunState, specifically to ask you not to continue to pursue the third term issue. For you to accuse someone else of what you so obviously practiced yourself tells of your narcissistic megalomaniac personality. Everyone around for even a few minutes knows that the only thing you respond to is praise and worship of you. People have learnt how to manipulate you by giving you what you crave.
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The only way to reach you may be to make the public aware of some things. I remember clearly as if it was yesterday the day I came over to Abuja from Abeokuta when I was Commissioner of Health in OgunState, specifically to ask you not to continue to pursue the third term issue. For you to accuse someone else of what you so obviously practiced yourself tells of your narcissistic megalomaniac personality. Everyone around for even a few minutes knows that the only thing you respond to is praise and worship of you.
People have learnt how to manipulate you by giving you what you crave. This letter is not in support of President Jonathan or APC or any other group or person, but an outpouring from my soul to God.
People ultimately get leaders that reflect them. I started with the fact that we copied the US constitution which has term limits of two terms for a President. Once I broached the subject you sat up and said that the US had no term limits in the past but that it had been introduced in the s after the death of President Roosevelt, which is true.
I wanted to say to you: when you copy something you also copy the modifications based on the learning from the original; only a fool starts from scratch and does not base his decisions on the learning of others. In science, we use the modifications found by others long ago to the most recent, as the basis of new findings; not going back to discover and learn what others have learnt.
Human knowledge and development and civilization will not have progressed if each new generation and society did not build on the knowledge of others before them.
The American constitution itself is based on several theories and philosophies of governance available in the 18th century. Democracy itself is a governance method started by the ancient Greeks.
When I spoke to you, your outward attitude to the people of the country was that you were not interested in the third term and that it was others pushing it.
Your statement to me that day proved to me that you were the brain behind the third term debacle. It is therefore outrageous that you accuse the current President of a similar two-facedness that you yourself used against the people of the country. Unlike you, I focus on the issues I have been given responsibility over and not on the jobs of others.
The MKO Abiola Stadium was already filled with people by 9am when I drove by and we had told people based on the campaign schedule that the rally would start at noon. At 11 am I headed for the stadium on foot; it was a short walk as there were so many cars already parked in and out.
As I walked on with two other people, we saw crowds of people leaving the stadium. I recognized some of them as politicians and I asked them why people were leaving. I was alarmed and shocked. I walked back home and received a call from a friend in Lagos who said the same and added that he had died in the plane carrying him abroad for treatment and that the plane was on its way to Katsina to bury him.
I called you, and told you the information and that the stadium was already half-empty. You told me to go to the stadium and tell the people on the podium to announce that the Presidential candidate had taken ill that morning but the rest of the team, including you and the Vice-Presidential candidate would arrive shortly.
I had to take the microphone and make the announcement myself. It did little good. People kept trooping out of the stadium. That evening after the disaster of a rally, you said you had insisted that the Presidential candidate fly to Germany for a check-up although you said he only had a cold. I asked why would anyone fly to Germany to treat a cold? Then I thought it a stupid statement but as usual I kept quiet, little did I know how your machinations for a person would be used against me.
In between, you had been arrested by Abacha and jailed. We, your children, had no one who stood with us. Stella famously went around collecting money on your behalf but we had no one. We survived. I was the only one of the children working then as a post-doctoral fellow when I got the call from a friend informing me of your arrest. A week before your arrest, you had called me from Denmark and I had told you that you should be careful that the government was very offended by some of your statements and actions and may be planning to arrest or kill you as was occurring to many at the time.
The source of my information was my mother who, agitated, had called me, saying I should warn you as this was the rumour in the country. As usual you brushed aside my comments, shouting on the phone that they cannot try anything and you will do and say as you please. The consequence of your bravado is history.
We, your family, have borne the brunt of your direct cruelty and also suffered the consequences of your stupidity but got none of the benefits of your successes. Of course, anyone around you knows how little respect you have for your children. You think our existence on earth is about you. By the way, how many are we?
Do you even know? In the last five years, how many of these children have you spoken to? How many grandchildren do you have and when did you last see each of them? As President you would listen to advice of people that never finished high school who would say anything to keep having access to you so as to make money over your children who loved you and genuinely wished you well.
As is usual with you, you made no arrangements for our trip, instead our mom organized to meet each of us and provided accommodation. At the actual swearing-in at Eagle Square, the others decided to watch it on TV. Instead I went to the square and I was pushed and tossed by the crowd.
I am sure General Abdullahi would remember this incident and I am eternally grateful to him. Getting back to my mother, I still remember your beating her up continually when we were kids. What kids can forget that kind of violence against their mother? Your maltreatment of women is legendary. Many of your women have come out to denounce you in public but since your madness is also part of the madness of the society, it is the women that are usually ignored and mistreated.
Of course, you are the great pretender, making people believe you have a good family life and a good relationship with your children but once in a while your pretence gets cracked. What kind of father does that? Your atrocities to some of my other siblings I will let them tell in their own due time or never if they choose.
Some of the details of our life are public but the people choose to ignore it and pretended we enjoyed some largesse when you were President. No, we did not have privileged upbringing but our mother emphasized education and that has been our salvation.
They are no slouches. Education provided a way to make our way in the world. You are one of those petty people who think the progress and success of another takes from you.
You try to overshadow everyone around you, before you and after you. Of course this means you surround yourself with idiots who will agree with you on anything and need you for financial gain and you need them for your insatiable ego. This your attitude is a reflection of the country. Everybody trying to pull everybody else down with greed and selfishness — the only traits that gets you anywhere.
Money must be had and money and power is king. Even the supposed down-trodden agree with this. Nigeria accused me of fraud with the Ministry of Health. As you yourself know, both in Abeokuta and Abuja I lived in your houses as a Senator. I borrowed against my four-year Senate salary to build the only house I have anywhere in the world in Lagos.
I rent out the house for income. Like many educated Nigerians my age, there are countries that actually value people doing their best to contribute to society and as many of them have scattered all over the world so have many of your children.
Your contribution to this scenario cannot be overestimated. Nigeria is solely the creation of the British. My dear gone Grandmother whose burial you told people not to attend, was not born a Nigerian but a proud Ijebu-Yoruba woman.
Togetherness is a choice and it must serve a purpose. The House Committee on Health was treated exactly the same way. The monies were given to members as estacode and the rest used for accommodation, flights and feeding.
While the Senate was on the retreat in Ghana, the EFCC asked the House Committee to return the monies they received for their retreat and asked us in the Senate to return ours on our return which I refused, as it was already used for the purpose it was earmarked for in the budget that year which was to work on the National Health Bill. The House Committee had not gone on their retreat. I did nothing wrong and my colleagues and I on the retreat did our work conscientiously.
As is usual in a society where people who are not progressive but take pleasure in the pain of others, most Nigerians were happy, not looking at the facts of the matter, just the suffering of an Obasanjo. As the people that stole their millions are hailed by them the innocent is punished. When the court case was thrown out because it lacked merit even against the Minister, no newspaper carried the news.
The wrongful malicious prosecution of an Obasanjo was not something they wanted to report; just her downfall. How do you think God will provide good leaders to such a people? God helps those who help themselves. I have realized that as an Obasanjo I am not entitled to work in Nigeria in any capacity.
I am not entitled to work in health which is my training, or in any field or anywhere in the country or participate in any business. Apparently, unless I am eating from the dustbin, Nigerians and possibly you will not be satisfied. I thank God it has not come to that based on God-given brains and brawn. When I left Nigeria in for graduate studies in America, you promised to pay my school fees and no living expenses.
This you did and I am grateful for because, working in the kitchen and then the library at University of California, Davis and later, working on the IT desk and later as a Teaching Assistant at Cornell gave me valuable work ethics for life.
As a black woman in the early 21st century, I have achieved much and done more than most. My wish is that black girls all over the world will have the capacity to create their lives, make mistakes, learn from it and move ahead.
Iyabo’s letter to OBJ
When contacted today by Vanguard News, angry Obasanjo reportedly called the publisher of the page open letter from his daughter, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo a bloody idiot. Check out the heated argument that ensued between Obasanjo and Vanguard below: Vanguard: Sir, we tried reaching you all through yesterday, to no avail, over the letter written by your daughter, Iyabo, to you. When Iyabo finishes you in court…. This is coming hours after Iyabo Obasanjo changed her mind despite pleas from family members and reveal herself as the mind behind the letter calling her biological father a liar, manipulator, wife beater and an hypocrite. A political insider said Iyabo Obasanjo was paid to authorize the page letter of insult to her father.
IYABO LETTER TO OBJ PDF
Douzshura You are one of those petty people who think the progress and success of another takes from you. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Iyabbo usual you brushed aside my comments, shouting on the phone that they cannot try anything and you will do and say as you please. God will judge you except if not, you promised that you will change this country within 4 years in the last election. She accused her father of power greed, saying the former president lived a life where he expected only men of low self esteem and obh to thrive.
The only way to reach you may be to make the public aware of some things. I remember clearly as if it was yesterday the day I came over to Abuja from Abeokuta when I was Commissioner of Health in OgunState, specifically to ask you not to continue to pursue the third term issue. For you to accuse someone else of what you so obviously practiced yourself tells of your narcissistic megalomaniac personality. Everyone around for even a few minutes knows that the only thing you respond to is praise and worship of you. People have learnt how to manipulate you by giving you what you crave. This letter is not in support of President Jonathan or APC or any other group or person, but an outpouring from my soul to God. People ultimately get leaders that reflect them.