Abiodun Onafuye/ Abeokuta

Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo today declined to make fresh reaction to the open letter sent to him by President Goodluck Jonathan, which was a response to Obasanjo’s earlier letter.

Obasanjo’s spokesman, Tunde Oladunjoye, told newsmen today at the hilltop residence of the former President in Abeokuta, capital of the western Nigerian state of Ogun that Obasanjo will not further trade words with Jonathan, nor dignify his letter with a fresh response. Chief Obasanjo in envisaging Jonathan’s response had clearly stated what his position will be: he will play mute.

Oladunjoye, the former PDP deputy governorship candidate during the 2011 governorship in the State, quoted Obasanjo’s position from his 2 December letter, titled, Before It is Too Late: where Obasanjo stated: “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”.

Jonathan, Obasanjo: no further comment

Jonathan, Obasanjo: no further comment

“Since 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, GCFR, which was in response to the letter earlier written by the revered former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, we have received several
requests from local and international media, asking to know Chief Obasanjo’s reaction to Mr President’s response.

“Chief Obasanjo, GCFR, acknowledges Mr President’s letter/ response, however, 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. Let me reiterate here, that Chief Olusegun Obasanko GCFR, has tremendous respect for the office of the President
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, the statement read.

President Goodluck Jonathan in a letter dated 20 December, 2013 responded to the letter written to him by the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo accusing his government of ineptitude in addressing the state of the nation.