His approach to national issues when things go awry and contrary to his ideological view and belief system is indescribable, inconceivable. His unfriendly approach to his friends when unforeseen circumstances surge from within and beyond to threaten his conviction in a system is unquantifiable, extraordinary.  
His trouble shooting efforts in times of extreme confusion and difficulty in any government since leaving office is a one-stop-shop and obviously, a rehearsal for an imminent open battle. His choice of words in such condition is a letter bomb, leaving no one in doubts of his next action and shape of things to come.
The former leader’s choice of venue during such affront is rather typically unprecedented and unparalleled.  His description of the state of affairs under review and rejection is habitually a missile directed to execute and tear down any more little confidence and belief left in the said administration; while his aggression during such dark period comes in torrent.
Former President Olusegun Obsanjo has never had an enduring relationship with his successors, whether serving or former since leaving Aso-Rock Villa in 2007.  He has either rather engaged in a secret banter with his successors, which would later either again, metamorphose into an open letter or an indiscreet verbiage, dominating Nigerian Newspapers’ headlines thereafter.
Does anyone still remember Chief Obasanjo’s “BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE,” those memorable eighteen pages letter-writing-warning-signals from a former Godfather (Obasanjo) to his now, former Godson (Jonathan), where the former accused the later of ‘allowing deceit, corruption and mutual distrust to tear at the fabric of the nation?’ I don’t think anybody should forget the letter in hurry.
That open confrontation marked the burial and official funeral ceremony of the acerbic bond between the two past leaders. It was actually the confirmation of the rumors and hear-says that ‘things had fallen apart’ between the two former love-birds; and again, a testament that the ‘centre can no longer hold’ between the duo.
And then, Chief Obasanjo in a Nollywood-like situation literally went berserk and tore his membership Identity card of the Peoples Democratic Part, PDP, and quit partisan politics; while opting for statesmanship role.  But rumors again trailed his exit of the PDP as political watchers believed he would soon pledge his allegiance to the All Progressives Party, APC, which he never did.
Since then, OBJ, as he is fondly called has remained neutral politically even though major political Actors here visit him regularly for his one plus one calculations at Ota, thereby turning his home to a Mecca of sort. Among the People that had visited him prior to the 2015 elections and after included wife of Former president Yara’dua, Turai; Atiku Abubakar, for VP; Saraki, Senate president; Buhari, now president and a host others.
However, following the defeat of former President Jonathan during 2015 elections, and the triumph of Muhammadu Buhari during last elections, a new wave of love and affection appeared to have been rapidly and most surprisingly groomed between Buhari and Obasanjo. An indication that the Obasanjo, Tinubu long political rivalry was nearing its grave, as Tinubu is recognized as leader of the ruling Party.
Following Buhari’s ascension, the former President had repeatedly visited him at the Villa, maybe to proffer one solution or the other on the way things should be done to get the country out of its current economic impasse, or maybe again, for a reason not yet disclosed to us but may have been snubbed by the Buhari administration, as everyone here knows from his Jonathan-open-letter the former president detests been ignored.
“I am constrained to make this an open letter to you for a number of reasons. One, the current situation and consequent possible outcome dictate that I should, before the door closes on reason and promotion of national interest, alert you to the danger that may be lurking in the corner. Two, none of the four or more letters that I have written to you in the past two years or so have elicited an acknowledgement nor any response,” OBJ told Jonathan, Vanguard Newspapers, Dec. 12, 2013.  

But I digressed. So just last few days, Chief Obasanjo in a paper he presented at the First Akintola Williams Annual Lecture in Lagos came down heavily on the Muhammadu Buhari led administration, while echoing the voice of other Nigerians – telling Mr. President ‘Nigerians are suffering and dying on daily basis, following the debilitating economic quagmire they have been predisposed to since his administration came on board.’ 
He has rightly told his presidential friend the war on corruption will amount to nothing if the people on whose stead the battle is fought do not have the resources to eat and undertake their daily activities at the end of the day.  He pointedly told Buhari the war on Boko Haram will be in vain if there is no way out of the current economic albatrosses the country is faced with.
Obasanjo who is generally known for his courage to speak at any point in time told Buhari “If we do not fix the economy to relieve the pain and anguish of many Nigerians, the gain in fighting insurgency and corruption will pale into insignificance.  No administration can or should be comfortable with excruciating pain of debilitating and crushing economy,” the Nation’s Newspaper, 24th November, 2016.
It is indeed; true since his outburst, President Mohammadu Buhari’s Aids would be locked in a thought over the choice of words to apply in decimating the loud voice of the former President, as he is generally known for such explosion in times of need.  They would have been looking for the best adjectives that can best put the former PDP leader where he rightly belongs to.
But before they empty the ‘can of warms’ on OBJ, the Presidential Aids should consider the following questions: one, if the concerns raised by former president Obasanjo are non-existent or are indeed, real? Two, they should be able to compare the present administration’s performance with previous regimes, and then, look Nigerians in the face and tell them – ‘we are better where we are today.’
Meanwhile, while the former leader has not said anything new as many Nigerians have raised similar concerns, suffice it to say former president Obasanjo has always been known for sticking his neck in defense and deference of many voices here. While the Buhari Aids would challenge OBJ to tell Nigerians what he did differently while as the leader of the country, it is unarguably true the former president wants a better Nigeria than most previous leaders here.
It is therefore, on this premise, one should commend the Ogun State born former leader of the country for speaking out when it is mostly needed. His action is a clear demonstration of statesmanship, just as it is a display of his belief in the country.  It is as patriotic as it is a clear manifestation of love and loyalty to ones fatherland. And President Muhammadu Buhari must know this.
Gwiyi Solomon writes from Abuja.
Contact Gwiyi@: gwiyisolo_info@yahoo.com

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