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President Olusegun Obasanjo disowned, yesterday, statements by his eldest son, Gbenga, in which he (Gbenga) attacked Vice President Atiku Abubakar, calling him names.
ABUJA — President Olusegun Obasanjo disowned, yesterday, statements by his eldest son, Gbenga, in which he (Gbenga) attacked Vice President Atiku Abubakar, calling him names.
Among other things, Gbenga in an interview originally conducted by Elendureports.com — an internet publication — but run by The News Magazine in its current edition said the Vice President “just thinks that the presidency is his birthright.”
He also believes that top players in the private sector are urging President Obasanjo to remain in power beyond 2007 “because they are afraid of Atiku. They (private sector) know he (Atiku) will come and take over everything they have built with his unquenchable greed.”
However, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mrs Oluremi Oyo, in a response to the interview last night said: “The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to the current edition of The News magazine whose cover story is an interview with Dr Gbenga Obasanjo, one of the sons of President Olusegun Obasanjo.
“The presidency wishes to state emphatically that the statements credited to Dr Gbenga Obasanjo are embarrassing, unfortunate and regrettable. It must, therefore, be emphasised that they do not reflect the views of Mr President and his government.
“The president does not bring any member of his family directly or indirectly into his political relationship with individuals or groups of people. To the best of Mr President’s knowledge and understanding, none of his other children, in anyway, shares the views of Dr Gbenga Obasanjo’s alleged views as reflected in the magazine. As an adult, Dr Gbenga Obasanjo is in the final analysis, responsible for his statements and actions.”
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