Olusegun Obasanjo. (File: AFP)
Abuja - Dr Stephen Oru, the Minister,
Niger Delta Affairs, on Tuedsay advised former President Olusegun Obasanjo to
apologise to President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP over alleged unguarded
statements credited to him.
Oru made the call in Abuja at a news conference organised by
He said that the former President was the most privileged
Nigerian who had the opportunity of ruling the country twice both as military
Head of State and as a democratically-elected president.
Oru expressed dismay over alleged comments credited to
Obasanjo, who had served as President for two tenures on the platform of the
He said that the alleged statements were not in the interest
of the unity of the country, considering his position as an elder statesman.
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According to him, as an elder statesman, Obasanjo’s opinion
is highly respected nationally and internationally.
Oru advised Obasanjo to emulate other respected former
presidents who have humbled themselves and utilised available channels to advice
government on ways to move the nation forward.
According to him, Obasanjo has not treated the PDP, the
person and office of the President and Nigerians fairly.
"He still has the time to make amends and retrace his
footsteps and tender an apology to the party and the nation.''
The minister observed that Jonathan had an usual gift of
patience, tolerance and humility.
Obasanjo was quoted on Monday as saying that Jonathan was
behind the rescheduling of the general elections because of his desperation to win
He had declared publicly his resignation from the party at a
meeting of his supporters in Abeokuta, where he also ordered that his PDP
membership card be torn, following which his party expelled him.