A viral message that quoted the former president applauding the political skills of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a presidential contender for the All Progressives Congress (APC), and insulting the military, has been denounced by Olusegun Obasanjo as fake news.
Visit Lagos Bourdillon if you’re seeking a thoroughbred politician of the highest kind, according to an unsubstantiated WhatsApp message that has gone viral and been validated by an anonymous organisation named “National Patriots.”
Through his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo responded to the claim by stating that he never made disrespectful remarks about his honourable military career.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has denied saying Bourdillon is where one can find a thoroughbred politician, noting that only the military trains personnel to be good managers of men and materials.
According to Obasanjo, “only the military trains personnel to be good managers of men and materials. So, I cannot disparage my noble profession of politics, which has no formal training. This is false and fake.”
“So, I cannot disparage my noble profession for politics without formal training. This is false and fake,” he said.
However, the statement praised Newsbreak.ng’s fact-checking team for their in-depth review of the report and subsequent release.
The alleged full WhatsApp message by Obasanjo read: “I am not a politician, I am a decorated Soldier, an Army General.
“If you are looking for a thoroughbred politician of masters class, visit Lagos Bourdillon, there you’ll find one…
“Politics, however, has no permanent friends or enemies. If you remind me what Bola said about me 4 years ago, have you reminded yourself about what I did to him and his Lagos government about 20 years ago?
“I almost crashed his government and State. No governor or government from 1999 to date could have survived what I did to Bola and Lagos. No One. He survived because he had the magic wand.
“I hope he gets the chance to wave the magic wand over Nigeria,” Obasanjo was quoted saying.