The reality about a so called letter written by the dauhgter of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Iyabo has emerged with the former Senator calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to tackle her father instead of using her name as a shield to insult the former president.
According to Iyabo Obasanjo- Bello, issues of national concern as raised by her father should not have beeen handled with such disdainful approach of hiding under her name and indirectly insulting her father.
The shocking letter which purportedly was written by the former President’s daughter mocked the Egba High Chief and former president calling him a liar, an abuser and a hypocrite.
The 11-page letter, published by Vanguard newspaper on Wednesday had the former President daughter denouncing her father as a self-seeking man lacking in all key expectations of a father and a leader, but often appearing quick to accuse others of the same ills.
The former senator who is currently in the United States purportedly said her father at one time had confirmed to her his failed effort at securing a third term as president. She spoke of her father’s “stupidity and cruelty”, and deplored him for all the “many atrocities” he has been able to get away with.
“Nigerians were your enablers every step of the way. People ultimately get leaders that reflect them,” Ms. Obasanjo-Bello was quoted as saying by Vanguard.
She said the letter came in the spirit of open letters since Mr. Obasanjo had last week penned an acerbic piece to President Goodluck Jonathan. But she made it clear her writing was not in support of Mr. Jonathan, or the opposition All Progressive Congress, APC, but an “outpouring from my soul to God.”
In her first reaction responding to the shock she received after reading through, Ms Obasanjo-Bello said: “I have never seen or heard this sort of fabrication in my entire life! I, IYABO OBASANJO never contemplate writing a letter to my loving Father. I speak with him almost on daily bases. “Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo is the best father in the world. He gave birth to me, he raise me up and gave me the best of Education. I wouldn’t have achieved whatever I did without my father. IN FACT, WHO AM I WITHOUT MY FATHER? “As a father he never disappoints his children in any way, he is a father anybody wish to have.
Sensing the letter had been cooked up to distract the nation from the real issue, which is her fathers recent letter to President Goodluck Jonathan in which certain clandestine move was allegedly being moved to cause chaos in the country, she retorted: “If President Jonathan want to reply the letter my father wrote him, he should be man enough to reply directly. Why are they trying to make me a scape goat? I know my father very well and I don’t question his judgement, I believe my father wrote his letter in the best interest of the nation. If Mr. President disagree with some of the allegations in the letter, let him be man enough to talk directly to my father, he should stop involving me in an issue I know nothing about. “How can you write a letter to insult my father and claim I, the daughter is the source.
If that is how Ijaw people insult their fathers, I am a Yoruba Woman; we respect our parent in all circumstances. “I IYABO OBASANJO did not write any letter. Nigerians should please take note. “The purported letter is a malicious lies intended to rubbish the good name of my family, when I get to the source of the letter, I will waste no time to take the necessary legal actions. “I love my father and I never disrespect him.”
Also on Wednesday, spokespersons and family members of ex-President Obasanjo are claiming the letter was the handiwork of presidency agents forged as a way of getting back at Mr. Obasanjo over his acerbic letter to President Jonathan
In multiple interviews early Wednesday, close family members of Mr. Obasanjo, who claimed to have spoken to the former President about the matter, and two of his close aides called the letter a forgery and vowed Ms. Iyabo-Bello would not write to her father that way. One family member said Mr. Obasanjo spoke with Iyabo only two days back and apparently both related as cordial as always.
“I can tell you that such letter never existed. I can tell you authoritatively that it only existed in the imagination of those who forged and published it. It is the height of desperation by those who masterminded it,” Tunde Oladunjoye, an aide to Mr. Obasanjo, told PREMIUM TIMES.
Mr. Oladunjoye said he could confirm that Mr. Obasanjo had not received any such letter from his daughter.
One senior family member, refusing to be named for security reasons, said with all of Mr. Obasanjo’s faults, he knows his children and their likely behaviour, and that the letter does not fit into any of their behavioural pattern.
A former aide to Mr. Obasanjo and former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, said based on his knowledge of the two individuals, it was impossible for Ms. Obasanjo to have sent her father such mail.
“I can tell you the so-called letter was forged by those in government,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said. “They think they can get at Baba that way. But they are mistaken. One thing is that if they want to fight Baba, they should face him and leave his family out of it. Baba has spoken the truth and they should respond to the issues he raised.