“It is not like that. Everybody who believed there was a decision to zone to the South West in 1999 is not correct because the original structure of G37 was led by Ekwueme and no Yoruba man was at the forefront of that struggle at that time.
Bola Ige also joined them later, but the main actors that fought against national structure, apart from NADECO, was the G37 and it was coordinated and managed by Ekwueme.
“When it came to decision-making, Ekwueme and Shagari were President and Vice-President foisted by the military. When the military wanted to give back, they would give it to people they drove away from the government? They believed it would be dangerous. That is why they decided to give it to someone, who was part of them. That was why they gave it to Obasanjo, who can protect them.
“There is an underlying decision-making process in Nigeria that is not known to all of us- everybody wants to protect himself. How do you allow someone that is perceived as your enemy to take over the government of the country and the power of the presidency is too enormous to be toyed with. Everybody is being careful.
“Probably, in the next 10 years, most of the generals who participated in the coup would have gone. Maybe, Nigeria would have been more stable. They are still very predominant in the government of Nigeria.
“They cannot excuse themselves. They cannot pretend that they don’t care. They must care. They must anticipate probable problems and that is what is playing out in Nigeria, which people are not seeing.
“But it will take time for them to exit and there will be a fresh set of people who did not participate in all the atrocities the military had committed since 1966. Until all of them leave the stage, Nigeria cannot have proper democracy because of their fear. I really appreciate all their fears.
Look at the history. They foisted some people; they removed them from power.
They gained grounds; they established, they have oil blocs and they are now wealthy to determine who is going to succeed them or who is going to be president of Nigeria and you want them to give it to somebody they don’t trust? It is difficult.”
According to a source, ahead of the 2023 polls, the retired Generals have zeroed on a candidate, and Olusegun Obasanjo is the one communicating that to Nigerians.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has spoken highly of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, even though all other major presidential candidates have visited the Generals.
The source claimed that the Generals were resolute on the choice of Peter Obi as Presidential candidate, a position that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is always communicating.
The source said Obasanjo represents the Generals and if you listen to and read what Obasanjo says, it indicates that the Generals have endorsed Peter Obi.
The former President had always warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to conduct an election that would not be generally acceptable.
The Generals’ position as communicated by Obasanjo is that the Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi stands a better chance to change the fortunes of the country.
A retired General told Sunday Telegraph that “you don’t expect all the Generals to speak on the same issue at the same time. They have taken a position and their position is being communicated by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
“They have met and listened to all the major presidential candidates and they Nigehave taken their decision on who to support.
“They are also a serious bloc of support for the Presidential election, especially. If you had watched well no other Presidential candidate had been mentioned by the Generals for support. The only mention of the Generals in support of the Presidential candidate is Peter Obi to the extent that there was an allegation that Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma gave Obi a private jet.
Meanwhile, one-time Commandant, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Nigerian Army, Major General Ishola Williams (rtd), has said that the absence of a retired General on the ballot constiute one good thing about the 2023 general elections.
General Williams, made this known in an exclusive chat with Sunday Telegraph in response to what he makes of the development.
“This is good for Nigeria,” General Williams enthused. “It is the first time that nobody knows who will become the President of Nigeria. Secondly, the first time that there are three political parties unlike the previous years where two parties dominated others and you consider others as mushroom parties. Although the Constitution of Nigeria does not allow for an Independent candidate, it allows them an option of a third party unlike when the dominant parties are foisted on them.
He continued: “Also, one of the three candidates is younger, in age and in terms of exposure is less than the two others and is giving them a run for their money.
“Furthermore, if you read the lip and the body language of the president, he has said that everybody should vote for the party and candidate of their choice. He has indeed shown that he is for nobody and is for everybody.”