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Obasanjo-Atiku Reunion: Desperate times provoke desperate measures, says Osuntokun



The Director of Strategic Communications, Coalition of Nigeria and a former political adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Akin Osuntokun, has said aides of President Muhammadu Buhari, who have been frothing over the reunion of his former boss and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, were correct in the observation that this is an unusual development, but have their principal to thank for the turn of events, saying: “These are desperate times in Nigeria and desperate problems readily provoke desperate measures.”
Osuntokun, in a statement, yesterday, noted: “Confronted with the present danger and calamity that the Presidency of Buhari poses to Nigeria, the choice and course of action open to any responsible Nigerian statesman is clear, and that is the subordination of all personal differences to the task of rescuing Nigeria from the fast pace downward spiral towards the political abyss.
“And God, in his inimitable ways, has seen fit to choose Abubakar as the instrument of rescuing Nigeria from the dark and dangerous turn that the incumbent driver has swerved the country.

“It is perhaps for the task of the unprecedented challenge of this moment that God has been preparing Atiku, who like all mortals, is not without his share of human imperfections. To err is human and to forgive is divine.

This cannon alone recommends and sanctions the reconciliation between Obasanjo and Abubakar.”

Osuntokun, who was the spokesman of the 2003 Obasanjo-Abubakar presidential ticket, added: “Indeed, the question of the instrumentality of Atiku is one which many Nigerians, like Obasanjo, have had to ponder and they all couldn’t have had any difficulty arriving at the same call Obasanjo has made.

“The political differences between Afenifere and Obasanjo is an open secret, but in deference to the same logic, it has not been difficult for the two parties to subsume their differences, close ranks and find equal purpose in halting and reversing the Buhari trend that endangers all.” 

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