President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that he tried to dissuade Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Tourism, from putting out an official response to former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to him.
Obasanjo had in January 2018 penned a “special press statement”, fiercely criticising President Buhari’s administration over “the lice of poor performance in government.”
But speaking in a Voice of America interview on Tuesday, President Buhari, who described Obasanjo’s letter as “abusive”, stated that rather throwing tirades back at the former president, he directed Mohammed to highlight the achievements of his administration in the government’s official reply.
He said, “Even when the minister of information and culture wanted to reply that abusive letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, I had wanted Lai not to reply the letter but I said I should allow him to highlight the achievements of our administration.”
Mohammed had, in the official government response, said the Buhari administration “appreciate what he (Obasanjo) said concerning the Administration’s performance in two out of the three key issues” raised.
He also believed that the former president did not have any ulterior motives other than the well-being of the country to issue such statement.