President Jonathan has called former president Olusegun Obasanjo a “spineless coward” driven by “sheer greed and indecency” in response to allegations made in Obasanjo’s 18-page letter to Jonathan that the President was training a killer squad in preparations for the 2015 general elections.
In a statement reminiscent of the sort of language employed by North Korea against those accused of plotting against the state, spokesman for the president, Ruben Abati said: “President Jonathan is running a people’s government. He does not need any snipers. His legitimacy comes from the people,”
In a statement released on Sunday, he continued, “Those who are alleging the existence of snipers should step forward and provide the evidence or shut up forever and go down in history as spineless cowards, driven by sheer greed and indecency.”
“Allegation of keeping over 1000 people on political watch list rather than criminal or security watch list and training snipers and other armed personnel secretly and clandestinely acquiring weapons to match for political purposes like Abacha and training them where Abacha trained his own killers, if it is true, it cannot augur well for the initiator, the government and the people of Nigeria,” Obasanjo wrote in his letter.
The furore generated by former president Obasanjo’s letter to President Jonathan appears not to be going away anytime soon.
Yesterday, an online publication claims sources close to the ex-president said Obasanjo had advised President Jonathan to save his breath and deal with the issues addressed in the 18-page letter instead of replying him.
The source also claimed that the former president denied meeting President Jonathan in Kenya after publication of the letter.
Abati’s statement on Sunday follows a call made by the opposition party, All Progressive Congress (APC) for the president to be impeached by the National Assembly.
A call that the Presidency considered as “treasonable”.