The Fallacy in Reports Linking Sambo with Obasanjo

12 Jan 2013

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Former President Obasanjo

I have remained unfazed by reports linking Vice President Namadi Sambo with former President Obasanjo and insinuating the VP is teaming up with Obasanjo against President Jonathan for a number of reasons. One, President Jonathan and Sambo are very close and the VP hardly does anything without informing the president about it. They seem to be working on the same page. The president knew of Sambo’s recent visit to Kaduna to attend a scheduled meeting between Kaduna State Governor Yero and traditional rulers in the state.

Umar Sani, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, has already said that much. I think it was a coincidence that Obasanjo was in town to commiserate with the state and Yero over the death of Governor Yakowa about the time of the meeting with the traditional rulers. For the life of me, I don’t think Sambo would be so politically unwise as to arrange for Obasanjo, a meeting with the Northern Emirs that would be so open to all and covered by both print and electronic journalists. Two, just as he knew of Sambo’s visit, President Jonathan was also aware of Obasanjo’s visit to Kaduna. The former president flew in the presidential jet. Before a plane in the presidential fleet would be released, the president would know about it and must have sanctioned it.

More importantly, are we really sure Obasanjo is against President Jonathan even though he has now twice openly criticised the Jonathan government’s handling of the Boko Haram problem? It’s not too clear yet and all that seeming opposition to Jonathan may just be mere hot air, as the Jonathan ascendancy is partly a creation of the former president and Jonathan remains the only leader Obasanjo can boss around compared with some Northern elites he has been linked with who he does not know so well. As for me, I’m yet to be fully convinced Obasanjo is totally opposed to Jonathan.

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