The Presidency has again hit out at Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
The former President and President Muhammadu Buhari’s spin doctors have been embroiled in angry exchange following Obasanjo’s statement that the country has become a basket case under the current government.
Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina on Wednesday on a Channels Television political and current affairs programme, “Politics Today” tore into the ex-president apart saying he was jealous of his principal in terms of rivaling him as regards the amount of years they individually spent in the saddle of the country.
Adesina went down memory lane recounting alleged statement the former military leader made to support his envy claim: “Some time, either late last year or early this year, I watched a programme attributed to the former President when he said that he had ruled Nigeria the longest; that he did three years of military rule, he did eight years as a civilian President, that nobody else can achieve that status and that reputation.
“I think it was beneath the former President to have said that because what do you have in this life that you haven’t been given? There’s nothing you have that you have not been given. All that we have is given us from above. If you rule the country for three years as military and eight years as civilian, it’s nothing to boast about.
“For the former President to have said nobody will attain that status of ruling this country for eleven years, I think it was beneath his status.
“So, the fact the President Buhari himself has done military, he ruled for 20 months, then he’s doing eight years, the former President may be feeling, probably he’s coming close to me.”