In politics, there are no permanent enemies, just permanent interests.

Atiku Abubakar, the recently nominated Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party of Nigeria 🇳🇬”PDP” paid the Ex-President Obasanjo a reconciliatory visit at his Otta home in Ogun State Nigeria.

Atiku was a Vice President to President Obasanjo during the latter’s first four-year term as the President of Nigerian from 1999 to 2001 before he was eventually sacked for untoward conduct.

Both men were in the PDP at the time, before Atiku defected to an opposition party. This should not come as a surprise to Obasanjo because he himself had since defected to the All Progressive Congress, the APC, which is at present the ruling party, but would later join forces with some former PDP and APC stalwarts to establish a brand new party. The new party is contesting in the next Presidential elections in February 2019.

Obasanjo is not happy with the retrogressive manner Buhari has been running National affairs as though he is running his own family affairs.

Buhari has in his Cabinet, his kinsmen and women from his village and tribe, Fulani. Buhari has proven to be very incorrigible and callous when it comes to advising on issues of National interests and good governance.

However, both men found a common ground in Buhari, now a common enemy, and obviously a catalyst for their reconciliation today.

Thereby giving meaning to the expression that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend “

It was obvious that Atiku went there to make up with Obasanjo, his former political boss.

This move is pertinent for both men in order to score a psychological victory and to gain political mileage over Buhari; who had since been in an endless public spat with Obasanjo and any perceived political enemy for that matter.

Buhari uses law enforcement agencies under whims and caprice to indiscriminately haunt his political enemies, even to the chagrin and incessant condemnation from the international community.

The level and frequency of corruption are escalating unabated daily. Nigeria has been rated as the poverty capital of the world under Buhari and his nonchalant attitude about the whole mess is inexplicably annoying to say the least.

He has been the most absent leader of all time in the history of the human race.

He is ill and incapable of occupying the seat of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, yet he bluntly refuses to resign, yet Nigerians starve and die under his watch. Sorry, under his absence I meant to say.


One might also interpret the meeting today as another move to win the votes of the South Western part of Nigeria, the Yorubas, who are mostly supporters of the ruling party, the APC.

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National leader of the APC is from the South West, he must have rued the fateful meeting today of Atiku and Obasanjo.

Tinubu is daily and incrementally losing popularity in Yoruba land as a result of the poor performance of Buhari; a man Tinubu singlehandedly delivered to Nigeria as a saint.

Nigerians are indeed happy that Buhari didn’t die a saint.

Before now, he was perceived as a credible person, or so Nigerians were made to believe. His true colour and character are now in the open for all to see.

The truth is that during the military regime that Buhari was a Head of State, the late Tunde Idiagbon was in fact, the man that implemented most of the good policies that benefited Nigerians. He practically ran the affairs of the country. Buhari was merely ceremonial throughout their time in office.

This is the reason their regime was described in double-barreled; Buhari/Idiagbon regime. Whereas other military regimes were in single-barrels such as the Gowon regime, Murtala regime, Obasanjo regime, and Babangida regime.

Back to the topic of the day,
Obasanjo is from Egbaland in the Ogun State of Nigeria.

Egba people are known to be the ruling class in the South Western part of Nigeria; the Yoruba land.

Egba land had produced National leaders in Nigeria, such as, the late Chief Awolowo, the late Chief MKO Abiola, President Obasanjo, Ernest Shonekan of the infamous Transitional Government that was hurriedly put in place by the former Military Junta Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida; when he annulled the famous June 12 Presidential Election that saw the late MKO Abiola emerge as the popular winner.


If you are given a lemon, make a lemonade out of it.

For the people of the South Eastern part of Nigerian, the veritable Igbos, supporting Atiku to oust Buhari is the only option they have at the moment.

This is in order to, restore some degree of dignity in Igbo land; remove all the illegal roadblocks mounted only in Igbo where Buhari men and forces extort money from the Igbo people; to ensure the safety and security of the Igbo people, whose peaceful existence have been eroded and intruded by foreign terrorist groups under the aegis of Buhari; to put in place modern infrastructure deliberately deprived them by Buhari and past regimes; using the National budget to implement urban renewal projects just as it is done in other places in Nigeria; and to implement the plans to restructure Nigeria.

The Igbo people are not ready for all-out war, and without the support of other regions, they may not successfully negotiate a referendum for total self-determination. For this reason, the enemy of their enemy is their friend.

Atiku for President it is for the Igbos too.

In fact, the call for self-determination is more resounding now than ever, in the entire country.

Atiku Abubakar the incoming President has a lot on his plate.

Buhari has run down the country so badly that most citizens have lost hope in the geographical area currently known as Nigeria.

They all eager and very willing in their agitations for a restructured and renegotiated Federation.

True Federalism is the everyday mantra in Nigeria.

For the above reasons, amongst others, the Igbos have no option than to support Atiku who has undertaken to have an Igbo person as his Vice President, and who also rode on the back of the agitation to restructure Nigeria, including most of the above-mentioned benefits of constitutional democracy.

The picture they say, tell a thousand stories; In the inset photo of Atiku’s visit to Obasanjo are the following personalities: Bishop Oyedepo of the Pentecostal churches in Nigeria, Bishop Kukah of the Catholic Churches in Nigeria, and Sheikh Gumi of the Moslem faith in Nigeria.

All coming together in solidarity with the reconciliation of Atiku and Obasanjo for the interests of Nigerians and humanity in general, and throwing their weight behind Atiku’s Presidential election campaign.


It cannot be overemphasized that the South-South people of Nigeria are totally behind Atiku, the reason being that the National Leader of the PDP, Uche Secondus, Senator Ben Bruce and others were among the high powered delegation that accompanied Atiku to his reconciliatory visit to the home of Obasanjo. It is a given.


Atiku is from the Northern part of Nigeria. He currently enjoys a huge following there, including but not limited to, the undecided votes, disgruntled voters who hitherto voted for Buhari, and he need not do much to floor Buhari in that region.


Atiku is fondly called a WAZOBIA Nigerian because he is married to beautiful wives from, the Yoruba tribe “WA“; the Hausa Fulani tribe “ZO” and the Igbo tribe “BIA”

WA, ZO; BIA, literally means “come” in all of the three major tribes of Nigeria. Connect the dots. Variety is the spice of life, indeed.

Would Atiku have been spiced up for the contest again Buhari?

I thank you



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