Former President, Goodluck Jonathan right now March 27, publicly accepted the apology of a Nigerian administration guide, Dele Sobowale, who in 2014, wrote an article on Vanguard in which he insulted him and his fashion of governance.
Sobowale in 2014 was a staunch supporter of President Buhari who on the time was working exhausting to clinch the seat of energy from Jonathan.
Sobowale in an article titled, ”COMPARING BUHARI WITH JONATHAN: IROKO VERSUS ROTTEN WOOD – 1”, dragged the previous President who on the time was nonetheless in workplace. He attacked Jonathan for his fashion of management and additionally attacked his colleagues in the occupation who wrote articles defending Jonathan. Half of the article learn;
Evaluating Buhari with Jonathan is like evaluating stable “Iroko” with rotten wooden. For starters, each carver is aware of that no person could make a masterpiece out of rotten wooden. And Jonathan’s authorities is rotten from the pinnacle down. So anyone canvassing for a continuation of this authorities needs to be thought to be an adjunct to the grand larceny happening now in the identify of governance.
For the readers, I mentioned they’re too few as a result of, when studying their articles, one can discover that they’re nearly writing out of the identical set of notes – packed full with their opinions, half truths, some falsehood and some venom. The bile belongs to Femi Aribisala, the VANGUARD columnist, who, like Doyin Okupe, have to be working with a dictionary compiled by the satan – when writing about Buhari, Tinubu and APC.
Let me guarantee Femi that we even have a dictionary at UniJankara, full of hotter phrases. So no person needs to be underneath the impression that he owns a monopoly of such phrases. First, the readers of this defence of Buhari would possibly wish to observe that every one these talked about above, pretending to replicate “the views of Nigerians” are Southerners, Christians, principally Yoruba, employed and well-paid, well- or over-educated, and they most likely haven’t stepped into Kano, Sokoto, Bauchi, Nassarawa or Kogi States in the final 5 years – if in any respect. Buhari who all of them like to “hate” or “hate to love”, nonetheless is a Muslim, Northerner, Fulani, and has spent most of his time in the north since retirement.
Quick ahead to March 22nd 2020, Sobowale in an article titled ”Governor Ganduje has murdered sleep!”, mentioned one of the issues he regrets was his assault on Goodluck Jonathan . He mentioned he wasted his goodwill supporting President Buhari who based on him has turned out worse in many respects. His article reads
One of probably the most foolhardy exploits I ever engaged in throughout my greater than thirty years of writing columns for VANGUARD occurred in October 2014 once I obtained an article printed titled COMPARING BUHARI WITH JONATHAN: IROKO VERSUS ROTTEN WOOD – 1. It was so scorching that solely the truth that Uncle Sam doesn’t intrude in editorial issues obtained half 1 printed. Regardless of that, the poor SUNDAY EDITOR acquired a severe reprimand for not modifying sufficiently. I additionally acquired a gentle rebuke from the Writer for being too harsh on President Jonathan.
Let me take this chance to precise gratitude in addition to unreserved apology to former President Jonathan who demonstrated his robust perception in democratic norms. Just about all my associates who are common readers of VANGUARD thought that I had over-stepped my bounds that point. They anticipated my arrest and detention any time. My spouse was scared to loss of life and she suggested me to run away. I didn’t run and to the eternal glory of Jonathan, I used to be not harassed by anybody. I can’t thank him sufficient. He won’t learn this article, however, anyone near him who reads it ought to convey my message. I sincerely apologise. Time and occasions have opened my eyes to the worst kind of hypocrisy parading as integrity and advantage. I’ve, since learnt anew that certainly “Hypocrisy is the homage paid by vice to virtue.” (De La Rochefoucauld, 1615-1680, VBQ p 96). By no means once more will I belief a military-politician.
However, it was not solely Jonathan that I used to be able to wage warfare against on behalf of Buhari. I took on my colleagues in the media – all the large names who have been against Buhari. Beneath is the opening salvo to what was an all out assault against Buhari’s opponents. By no means in my grownup life have I been so dedicated to anybody besides Obong Victor Attah. By no means have I been so dissatisfied that I wasted a nice deal of goodwill amongst my colleagues on Buhari – who has turned out not a lot higher and certainly is a lot worse than Jonathan in many respects.
Goodluck Jonathan has since accepted Sobawale’s apology. The previous President this night, took to his verified Twitter deal with to tell Sobowale that he by no means took criticism from him or every other critic personally. See Jonathan’s Tweets beneath.