A northern elder in Kano, the founder, and president of the Patriotic Elders of Nigeria (PEN), Dr. Bature Abdulaziz has condemned the utterances and described Obasanjo as a betrayer over the recent statement made by former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
Dr. Batune Abdulaziz said this on Wednesday, in an interview in Kano also adding that Obasanjo’s statement only shows and portrays the bitterness and hatred against the north and northerners but hiding that behind Atiku even as he was brought to power by massive support of the north he enjoyed with the influence of Atiku.
He went further to add that instead of Atiku, Obasanjo feels was the cause of people going away from him, it was Obasanjo’s bitterness that drove away people around him while in power and he is blackmailing Atiku in support of his tribesman in the upcoming 2023 election.
“On what former president Olusegun Obasanjo is mentioned by the media to have uttered negative statement against former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, even if one is not a politician, out of patriotism, he must respond and understand that there is need to support Atiku.
“Even as Obasanjo’s wrongs should not affect Tinubu, what Obasanjo said that he regrets making Atiku his vice is uncalled for and is clearly to blackmail Atiku in support of his tribesman.
“The truth is that whenever Obasanjo intends to address the public he starts by taking whisky. He will then go and say anything he wants because he is used to saying all sorts of trash and nothing happens.
“If he has forgotten, we Nigerians have not. A victim of any form of molestation or crime will never forget the perpetrator, and we will never forget what Obasanjo did.
“In his first election as president, it was the northerners that supported and brought in Obasanjo. They gave him over sixty percent of the votes he got and not the southwest or the southeast. He was brought into power by the support of the north.
“Prior to Obasanjo’s second election, because of his kind of ungratefulness and bitterness, all those supporting him had to dump him.
“That was how Atiku came to enjoy more support than him.”
Furthermore, he said that Atiku did Obasanjo a huge Favour and that Atiku withdrew for him prior to the second primary election to allow him to win. Obasanjo understood that Atiku was already prepared to defeat him, in the second election, Obasanjo had to come before Atiku on his knees begging to be allowed a second term, for those Nigerians that are aware. There are pictures to prove this. That was when Atiku withdrew for him prior to the primary election to allow him to win.
“But as soon as he emerged president in the second term he turned all his evil forces against Atiku. It was such that if Atiku were to die, he would have been killed over and over again by Obasanjo. Obasanjo was all out to eliminate Atiku. He did this severally but could not succeed against Atiku. That was how he ended his regime with bitterness against Atiku.
“Unfortunately, with all the wrongs he did to Atiku, Atiku sees everything as a bygone and holds nothing against Obasanjo, and Obasanjo also remained quiet as though it was all well. Seeing that the 2023 election is by the door side, Obasanjo is now erupting and starting another attack against Atiku again.
“Let me tell you this, any northerner that supports what Obasanjo is saying against Atiku should understand that Obasanjo sees Atiku in the same manner as he sees every other northerner. Obasanjo hates the north in just the same way he hates Atiku.
“He was brought in and supported by northerners and he has now turned his back against them in betrayal. All these things I am saying are known to all Nigerians including you the newsmen.
Obasanjo has molested the north and the northerners since they brought him to power.”
He also stated that the way in which Obasanjo is expressing his hatred against Atiku is the same as he hates even the northerners and animals that come from the north. He also said he cannot damage Atiku no matter the kind of hurtful statement and hatred he has expressed against Atiku.
The PEN president stated;
“I want to be bold here, just as Obasanjo is saying he regrets knowing Atiku, every northerner should also say he regrets ever knowing Obasanjo as well because he hates the north and northerners and will never like them in his life.
“I am not saying this to support any political party, I am saying this out of patriotism to expose Obasanjo. He oppressed Atiku during his regime and wants to continue that now that Atiku is out to contest.”