By Chinedu Eze
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has denied reports that he wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan, asking him to change heads of some federal agencies if he wanted his transformational agenda to succeed.
He was reacting to a report in a national daily (not THISDAY) that he had written Jonathan requesting that certain people be dropped from their positions to make way for his own (Obasanjo’s) candidates.
Obasanjo told newsmen at the Murtala Muhammed Interna-tional Airport, Lagos yesterday that he never requested Jonathan to remove the executive secretary of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).
He said: “The (name withheld) newspaper and those who manage it are they well? Are they sane? Because that must be an issue of lies; I haven’t written to the President since his inauguration. I wrote to him last year on honours and awards for some Nigerians. So if any paper has written that it is a figment of their imagination and I will refer it to my lawyer and they will hear from my lawyer.”
On the state of insecurity in the country, Obasanjo said peace was necessary for Nigeria to grow and for Nigerians to live their lives. He noted that if the trend was not checked, it would mar socio-economic activities in the country.
“Well I don’t think anybody needs to be an oracle to make any pronouncement on security. It must be the concern of all of us. It is my own concern as a Nigerian because without security in the country then there isn’t much we can do. So there is need for peace and security for development, progress to be made,” he said.
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