A former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has stated that former president Olusegun Obasanjo has no moral right to criticize President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kalu in reaction to the 18 page long letter addressed to the Nigerian president by Olusegun Obasanjo advising him to drop his re-election agenda noted that he would personally reply Obasanjo’s letter with a view to bringing to the public the misdeed of the former President.
Kalu noted that Obasanjo while in office was especially guilty of a $16 billion power project amongst other high profile corruption cases he was embroiled in.
Kalu, further in his reaction stated that the alleged atrocities of the former President are grave enough to rob him of any moral justification and standing against Buhari.
Orji Uzor Kalu while responding to questions from reporters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2), yesterday, said: “When Obasanjo was there, he also ran with South East, South West and South South people and all the northerners were driven away. When you have power, you try to address the issues that make things happen. When Goodluck Jonathan was there, he operated with South East, South West and South-South people. After all, this man did not build Abeokuta-Lagos expressway. The state of the road is in a mess. I cannot be a President and not build a road that leads to my house.
That is indiscipline. So, the man should first wash himself out of his problems before looking at other people’s problems. “For me, the letter is irrelevant at this time of our life. Nigerians should not celebrate mediocrity. As far as I am concerned, people who did not do well when they had the chance should not be pointing accusing finger at others.
One man cannot hold a country to ransom; one man cannot be the only one that is right”. On the letter, Kalu said: “I am not going to talk about former President Obasanjo’s letter because I am going to make some consultations with the United States, Germany, China and the United Kingdom. Then, I will come back and speak on that letter. “I think Obasanjo’s letter is not to the best interest of Nigeria. I don’t want to reply him because I have given you examples time without number about this man.
There are three express roads Obasanjo refused to build when he was the President of Nigeria. Port Harcourt- Okigwe- Umuahia-Enugu Expressway. It is being built now by the Buhari administration. “Another one is the Enugu- Awka-Onitsha expressway. It is being built now by the Buhari administration. Obasanjo did not build them.
Then there is the Onitsha-Owerri and Aba expressway. The Buhari administration is building them now. “Obasanjo is not a worthy person to write that letter. Under the Obasanjo administration, $16 billion was spent on power plant, but that money was wasted. Where we are now at the privately owned domestic airport, you can hear the sound of generator. The electricity in the facility is being powered by generator. Where is the $16 billion spent on electricity? “It is just that governments are not serious.
If the different tiers of government are serious, they would address where the $16 billion meant for provision of power has gone. “Before June this year, I will write my own letter to President Buhari and that letter will be explosive. Nigerians will see my letter to Buhari and that will be explosive.”