FACT-CHECK: Viral Obasanjo’s open letter to Buhari from 2019 | Nation

By Alao Abiod

Claim: A viral message with the title ‘Breaking: Obasanjo Buhari writes’ – An open letter to the President, General Muhammadu Buhari July 12, 2021 has been a trend on many platforms in particular Whatsapp.

Verdict: It is true that former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote the letter, but it was officially released on July 15, 2019 by Special Assistant Media Kehinde Akinyemi. This is the viral message that will reappear in 2021 DO NOT.

2019 viral whatsapp The message stating that former President Olusegun Obasanjo had written a letter to President Mohammed Buhari came up again in 2021.

Obasanjo’s claim that he wrote a “new” letter to Buhari also appeared separately on some blogs, including nationalnewslead.

Over the years, former President Obasanjo has written different open letters to those in office.

Checks Nation It turned out that Obasanjo wrote to former President Goodluck Jonathan on December 2, 2013 “There is bleeding in Nigeria and the bleeding must stop.”

In an 18-page letter, Jonathan accused Nigeria of plotting to destroy it.

Obasanjo also said that Jonathan did not fulfill his promises to the people, stopped corruption, promoted national unity and did not strengthen national security.

The first letter to Buhari was in January 2018, the second in January 2019, and the third in July 2019.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2019 drew attention to a number of warnings that Nigeria was heading for a dangerous abyss and that only the President could protect it from such an impending disaster.

Obasanjo said Nigeria was devastated by violence and ethnic divisions in a way unprecedented in decades since Buhari took office four years ago.

In a letter dated July 15, 2019, Obasanjo said that the world, especially Western countries, had warned Nigeria not to resort to violence because it would be difficult to prevent any epidemic.

He warned that Buhari must stop burning “flames of hatred, resentment and violence” in order to stop the “burning ethnic agitation”.

Obasanjo called on armed shepherds to openly express their grievances in order to establish a national debate around them, instead of waging a violent campaign across the country. The calls also applied to other ethnic groups concerned about the country’s governance.

The assassination of Funke Olakunrin, the 58-year-old daughter of Yoruba leader Reuben Fasoranti, was among the national security failures that Obasanjo said could take the country out of danger.

Checks Nation It was found that the trend letter dated 12 June 2021 had the same content as the original letter published on 15 July 2019 outside the closing headings.

Both letters begin with an introduction: “I had to write you this open letter. I decided to write an open letter because the issue is very serious and very worrying for all Nigerians, and it means all thinking Nigerians and those who live in Nigeria. ”

Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo’s special assistant for the media, violated the trend version of June 12, 2021.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on July 15, 2019, published by Special Assistant (Media) Kehinde Akinyemi, but the viral message that reappeared in 2021 published Obasanjo’s letter dated July 12, 2021 . DO NOT.

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