Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed went against President Muhammadu Buhari’s wishes to reply ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s missive to his principal.
Obasanjo had sometime in January 2018, in an open letter to Buhari that was greeted by mixed feelings, urged the president not to seek reelection on grounds of alleged nonperformance.
Federal government immediately responded, chronicled its achievements, and adding in its reply that Obasanjo may be too busy to notice them.
Speaking on Friday night when he received members of Buhari Support Organisation at the Villa, the President gave a behind-the-scene account of the reply to Obasanjo’s letter.
He said, “We were constrained to explain our position when the former head of state wrote a letter; Adesina was agitated and wanted to immediately reply; I stopped him for two reasons; first, he was much younger than me and Gen. Obasanjo.
“Secondly, I am from the same constituent with Gen. Obasanjo; so, I wouldn’t know how it will affect him if I allow him to go wild or to go public, but when Lai Mohammed came, I said he shouldn’t and he insisted. He disobeyed me.
“He said I must allow him to talk; then, of course, being a professional information person, I listened to him and asked him what are going to say.
“He said he was going to remind Nigerians where we found ourselves when we came in as a government, where we are now, what we have done in between 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.”
On Friday, Obasanjo dropped a bomb as he accused the Buhari led-government of plotting to kill, a charge, the presidency has denied.