Obasanjo Explodes: I Warned Jonathan over Diezani, Others

President Olusegun Obasanjo has said he warned President Goodluck Jonathan against assigning the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former minister.

He said Jonathan ignored him and the nation could feel the consequences of that action.

He also said he told Jonathan not to seek a second term ticket in office in line with the agreement he had reached with prominent Northern leaders.

He said although Jonathan enlisted Pastor E.A. Adeboye and Bishop David Oyedepo on January 12, 2015, at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta to beg him, he said he stood his ground that Jonathan must abide by the one term agreement.

Besides, he explained that poor handling of Boko Haram insurgency made him oppose Jonathan’s return because a continuation of the administration could endanger the country.

He accused Jonathan of considering state matters within the prism of Ijaw politics.

Obasanjo made the disclosures in a new book, 'Against The Run of Play', written by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi.

Baba Obasanjo said:
 “He (Jonathan) gave me the impression that he was not going to give her (Diezani) the portfolio but at the end he did and we can see the consequences. He of course knew what he was doing.”
For about two years, the ex-Petroleum Minister has been under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Besides the N23.29bn poll bribery scam, Mrs Alison-Madueke has been implicated in the $1.04bn Malabu Oil Block scandal, and the $15bn “missing” NLNG dividends, among others.


  1. baba is very correct goodluck made some huge mistakes that i didnt think he should have considering his exposure..as for deziani dat one na error to nigerians even to her own people

  2. A child that refuses to listen to the counsel of elders will have him or herself to blame at the long run

  3. He us still d best man for d job. GEJ any day

  4. He knew d gravity of his action n still went 4 it..

  5. Hmmm past story.we only need way forward

  6. Oladimeji Seun27 April, 2017 13:08

    I ve said it that GEJ must be question on how nigeria money was spent during his time.

  7. Vintage OBJ. The king of Drama. I think he should be telling us about Buhari he rail roaded the nation to vote for and what we are seeing today.

  8. He can now see where his action has landed him.

  9. He can now see where his action has landed him.

  10. I dont think GEJ made a mistake appointing Diezani considering the promotion she even got during Jonathans term in the office, He was getting his cut for sure

  11. Is that the reason why you write 18 pages letter while your kinsmen Soyinka tagged him with kindergarten president? So now "father of corruption " GEJ administration and PMB administration which one is more better? Was Boko Haram not still slaughtering people? what about Fulani herdsmen? what of biafra massacre? Why economic downturn, why recession, why poverty, why inflation .


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