Since he dropped his latest open letter in public for President Muhammadu Buhari, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has drawn the fire of the north for whipping up anti-Fulani sentiment.
Elder statesman Tanko Yakasai on Monday criticized Obasanjo, describing the letter as selfish and unpatriotic.
His criticism followed the Miyetti Allah’s too.
In the letter the National Daily published July 15, Obsanjo drew similarities between what is happening in Nigeria now and the lead up to Rwanda’s genocide.
He warned that other tribes may rise up against the Fulani who, many believe, are perpetrating violence without let on hindrance across Nigeria.
But Yakasai described Obasanjo as a chronic mischief maker with those open letters.
“I don’t see patriotism in General Obasanjo’s letters,’ Yakssai told the Nation.
“In fact, all the letters written by General Obasanjo to all Military Heads of State and Presidents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are not guided by patriotic considerations.”
He said his personal take on the Nigerian political situation is that the top echelons of the Military are always fighting one another, either when in the service or when on retirement.
“It is from this angle that I always view most of the writings of General Olusegun Obasanjo to any military officer who is a Head of State or President in Nigeria as unpatriotic.
“Even the ones he wrote to former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and the late Umar Musa Yar’Adua were not patriotic. They were guided by selfish interest.”
Yakasai added that General Obasanjo did it during Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s era.
“He did it during the late General Sani Abacha’s regime, which later resulted to accusations that he was trying to overthrow the government, which eventually led to his imprisonment.
“General Olusegun Obasanjo also wrote a number of letters during General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s regime and he is still writing letters in this current presidency of General Muhammadu Buhari.
“So this attitude of writing unpatriotic letters has been part of General Olusegun Obasanjo.”
Obasanjo has been writing series of letters dripping with vitriol since Buhari decided to contest re-election–against his advice.
The former president was particularly upset, according to supporters of the ruling party, because his fav for the presidential election , Atiku Abuakar, lost out.