Following yesterday’s publication of President Goodluck Jonathan’s
response to his letter, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said today he will be
making no further comment on the matter.

A statement signed by
his media aide, Tunde Oladunjoye, acknowledged receiving President
Jonathan’s response, followed by several requests from local and
international media for his reaction.

“Baba, as he already
indicated in his 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,” the
statement said.

It quoted from page 14 of Obasanjo’s original
letter to buttress that position.  The former president wrote, “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.”

In his response to Obasanjo, President
Jonathan said he had directed the security agencies and requested the
National Human Rights Commission to carry out a thorough investigation
of the criminal allegations made by the former president, and to make
their findings public.

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It is unclear if Obasanjo intends to
cooperate with that investigation and whether he has yet been contacted
to testify, or what Mr. Jonathan intends to do should he refuse.

In
Jonathan’s 14-page response to Obasanjo’s 18 pages, he said he only had
time to respond to the most serious of the charges which question his
sincerity, personal honour, and commitment to his oath of office.  
Obasanjo, he said, did him grave injustice by accusing him of “deceit,
deception, dishonesty, incompetence, clannishness, divisiveness and
insincerity,” among others.

Mr. Jonathan described Obasanjo’s
allegation that he may be training snipers to assassinate political
opponents as “particularly incomprehensible.”   Denying that he has ever
been associated with any form of political violence since his days as a
Deputy Governor about eight years ago, he challenged Obasanjo to name
the 1000 people he claimed to be on a political watch list.

In a
press statement issued on December 16 by his spokesman, Reuben Abati,
the president called Obasanjo greedy and indecent for making that
allegation, asserting that he needs no snipers as his legitimacy comes
from the people.

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“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.”

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