LEAKED CABLE: US Tells Jonathan To Keep Away From Obasanjo

Wikileaks, the online news agency which took the world by storm by releasing Secret US documents has revealed how the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms. Robin Renee Sanders, warned President Goodluck Jonathan to keep away from former President Olusegun Obasanjo in order to enjoy the support of Nigerians.

The warning came during a meeting between Jonathan and the US Ambassador on 26 February, 2010 before the death of President Umaru Musa.  Yar’Adua died on 6 May.

In the secret US cable released by Wikileaks yesterday, Ms. Sanders advised Jonathan to keep Obasanjo at arms length and reject any directive from the former president.

According to the US cable: “Ambassador advised the AgP (Acting President), that he needs to publicly demonstrate that he is the sole executor of national issues, not being directed or serving political purpose for Obasanjo or others, so that his leadership would not be in question and the polity would accept that he had the best interest of the nation at hand.”

Sanders wrote further: “The AgP said he appreciated our advice, including publicly holding Obasanjo at arms length. He said he would consider taking steps, including possibly convoking the entire diplomatic corps to brief them on the current political climate, using this and other events to demonstrate that he is his own man, and diminish the appearance that he is a regional leader.”

The ambassador also suggested to his home country to continue to encourage Jonathan on the right path, “help on the push back on Obasanjo through former and current United States Government Officials and if the drum beat calling for the ailing president to resign picks up speed, we should ensure that we indicate our support for this given that it is probably the best thing for the country.”

The cable revealed how Jonathan told the US ambassador that the Northern politicians were uncomfortable with him as President.

In the secret cable, Sanders wrote: “Jonathan noted that the Northern politicians would always be uncomfortable with him as President, and he understood the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, picked him as Yar’Adua’s running mate in 2007 because he represented the Niger Delta.

“Jonathan said he was handling Niger Delta issues until the Ministry of Niger Delta was created in September 2008 allowing him to distance himself from being viewed as someone who could only work on that issue. ‘I was not chosen to be Vice President because I had good political experience,’ he said. ‘I did not. There were a lot more qualified people around to be Vice President, but that does not mean I am not my own man.’

In the cable,  Jonathan also identified former military Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar as one of his closest advisers.

The cable also revealed that Nigeria’s late President, Yar’Adua was in a ‘semi-comatose state’ while the country teetered on the edge of a constitutional crisis in February over his illness.

In the cable, the US Ambassador disclosed that Jonathan blamed Turai Yar’Adua and three other advisers of Yar’Adua for the confusion that enveloped the country during the period.

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  • SO THIS IS HOW THIS DUBIOUS MENS HAS LICK AND SUCK US ALL,SHIT...... OBJ DAWM IT ... YOU FUCKED US ALL SO BE CAREFULLY AND LEAVE THE ASOROCK.

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  • Atiku!stop wasting your time,you cannot rule Nigeria.
    You have cultivated the habit of using any available loophole to forge your campaign,do you think Nigerians are fools?
    Who knows if you have not payed wickey whatever to write those nonsense because you are a desperado.
    That report cannot be trusted,there is virtualy nothing money cannot do.

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  • Baba OBJ should be treated as advised by US ambassador to Nigeria, .I believe the ambassador goofed for that advise , the woman should go to his country snd sdvise Obama on how to handle his country .Yorubas have respect for elders. Obama should recall Ms Sanders and culture her on diplomatic issues.

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  • Buhari, overtake don overtake overtake §, Buhari overtook Democratic elected president SHAGARI, unseat him and took over, IBB overtook Buhari, " A WEAK MILITARY JUNTA, IBB destroyed Nigeria for EIGHT years, cancealled most credible election in history, Now they are warming up for the seat.
    SHAME TO NIGERIANS, one who does not know where he came from will never know where he is going.
    Once we forget the past, we do not have present nor future.
    WHO ARE YOU to campain for BUHARI & IBB. you will definately sell the future of your children for few notes of valueless NAIRA, next you will campain for PASTOR KING to be president of NIGERIA.
    GOD BLESS MY NIGERIA.

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  • Buhari, overtake don overtake overtake §, Buhari overtook Democratic elected president, unseat him and took over, IBB overtook Buhari, " A WEAK MILITARY JUNTA, IBB destroyed Nigeria for EIGHT years, canceal most credible election in history, Now they are warming up for the seat.
    SHAME TO NIGERIANS, one who does not know where he came from will never know where he is going.
    Once we forget the past, we do not have present nor future.
    WHO ARE YOU to campain for BUHARI & IBB. you will definately sell the future of your children for few notes of valueless NAIRA, net you will campain for PASTOR KING to be president of NIGERIA.
    GOD BLESS MY NIGERIA.

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  • Kayode ogunbode, you are a disgrace to Yoruba race and the entire human beings for saying this. I belief you are from Togo otherwise,you cant be writing this useless thing about an elderly man like OBJ. You and your friend Fayose need to get your fat heads examined.

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  • So, people, would you like a harsh and hearless president ?, OBJ was hot and careless about the welfare of nigerians, now GEJ is weak and could not perform, who did you need ?, Buhari ?, same mistake he made 25yrs ago that brought IBB to the seat, Buhari is very weak, talkless of GEJ, he is calm and focus, so lets give him a chance.
    When the time comes, OBJ will know that GEJ is a real IJAW person, just like Atiku did to him.
    Lets not jeopardize this previledge now, lets work together with GEJ, he will serve and steal less.

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  • I support your comment over 100% Mr Abdullateef Audu!!!! Spot on!!!! You have just hit the nail on the head and nothing more, chikena! Good comment!

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  • What is Obj looking for for God's sake, cant he learn from people like Shagari or Yakubu Gowon? he should have keep distance from Aso Rock because while he was there as president no former president or head of state disturbs him. Obj to me look like a shameless man, as old as he is he suppose to be a well respected man whom all Nigerians should be proud of but reverse is the case. His familiy members reading this should pls advice him to pay attenton to his farm and allow the president to face his job or if he is no more when his time reach will there be no Nigeria again for God sake

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  • I'VE ALWAYS SAID THIS FROM THE ONSET THAT JONATHAN IS TOO WEAK TO RULE A COUNTRY AS COMPLEX AS NIGERIA. THE ONLY PERSON THAT AS BEEN TESTED AND CAN BE TRUSTED TO PULL THE NATION OUT OF THIS PROBLEM IS GENERAL BUHARI ATLEAST HE WILL CLEAN THE NATION OF PEOPLE LIKE IBB AND OBJ AND TAKE THEM TO THE CLEANER. UNTIL ALL THIS ROGUES ARE PUT BEHIND BARS OR HANG NIGERIA WILL NEVER MOVE FORWARD. WE NEED SOMEONE LIKE RAWLINGS AND I'M SURE BUHARI IS THE MAN THAT CAN GET THE JOB DONE.

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