AKURE— THE recent war of words between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, was yesterday described as a show of shame and naked dance in the public.
A former member of the Supreme Military Council, SMC, and also a federal commissioner, Major General Olufemi Olutoye (rtd), who spoke on the issue, asked the two leaders to apologise to Nigerians over their recent war of words.
In a statement, Olutoye said he “felt disappointed by the action of the two generals as an elder statesman from the same constituency where both former Nigerian leaders also belonged. It started with a Freudian slip from General Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd) during his 70th birthday celebrations where he cast aspersions on the regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd), describing it as lack-lustre and un-eventful.
“In his usual abrasive manner Obasanjo spat back his venom when he ended up his tirade by saying, “a fool at 70 is definitely, a fool to the grave. One cannot but feel disappointed with such a show of shame. Making such unguarded statements and with raw language in public and by former presidents.
With the background of Spartan military discipline, the rich experience and wisdom of old age and such hallowed position as former Heads of state, one begins to wonder why this show of shame and naked dance in the public place.
Could this be because they are in their dotage, or could this be deliberate effort to seek relevance to avoid being forgotten in the stench of the dustbin of history?”