Premium Times reports that Obasanjo mocked the President Buhari-led administration’s TraderMoni initiative describing it as an outrightly idiotic programme.
He made the statement in an open letter titled “Point for Concern and Action” which he distributed to journalists at a press conference held at his house at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
“Osinbajo must have gone for, “if you can’t beat them, join them. Osinbajo has shown the human weakness and proved the saying that the corruption of the best is the worst form of corruption.
His explanation that it was their government programme can only be construed to be very shallow and lopsided, if not an outrightly idiotic programme. “Traders in rural and sub-urban areas of Nigeria are many more than those in urban areas and they are much poorer than traders in Lagos, Abuja and other cities.
They need more attention and greater help. ''Are they to be confined to the heap of perpetual poverty? What of those who are not traders? They are not entitled to hand-out and they can languish in penury? And what about millions who have lost their jobs in the last three and a half years? The timing is also suspect.
"Those who criticise the action are called evil but they are not evil as they know what they are doing and saying, and they love Nigeria and Nigerians not less than the likes of Osinbajo. They are not devils incarnate; they are patriots.
“What is the connection between taking the number of PVC (Permanent Voters Card) of the recipient of the N10,000 doled out to ‘traders’ and the forthcoming election?.
"There is something sinister about it, and Professor Osinbajo, of all people, should know that. With collusion of the INEC officials and card readers not made to work, anybody quoting the PVC number may be allowed to vote as the revised Electoral Bill was not signed.
“And if that happens all over the country, it will be massive rigging indeed. The chairman of INEC must stand firm and carry out his duties with competence and unbending neutrality. ''Card readers must be used without fail and accreditation must be completed and number ascertained and made public before voting commences as was done in 2015.” SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW ⬇⬇⬇