The Publisher of Ovation magazine Dele Momodu has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the most visible member of ‘Nigerian mafia’ deciding the fate of who superintends over the affairs of the nation.
In his latest article titled ‘Pendulum: The Battle of the Nigerian Generals,’ Momodu said the former President singlehandedly picked the late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and foisted him on Nigerians after his second tenure as well as Goodluck Jonathan.
The publisher described Obasanjo as the most “visible and voluble member of the Nigerian Mafia”, noting that despite losing his third term agenda, Obasanjo’s “power and headship of the Generals’ Mafia remains solid and incontrovertible.”
In the article, Momodu said: “Fellow Nigerians, I once wrote an article about the Nigerian Mafia on this very page. Yes, Nigeria is a Mafia nation and there are a few Mafia families in play. Some are peopled by civilians, whilst some are a group of military men comprising retired soldiers.
“There is also a mixture of civilians and soldiers like the Kaduna Mafia comprising Northern elites from both the civilian populace and the military. Apart from the Generals’ Mafia which includes General Olusegun Obasanjo, all of these Mafia families usually consist of men of Northern extraction.
“General Olusegun Obasanjo remains the most visible and voluble member of the Nigerian Mafia. His official date of birth reads May 5, 1937, but many feel he is older, considering the age of some of his friends and schoolmates. He schooled in Nigeria and continued his military education in England and India.
“Fearless and brutal, he became famous and was idolised for his fairy-tale exploits during the Nigerian civil war. Though different accounts have claimed that his role was exaggerated and overhyped, even his worst critics admit and agree that he is an extremely intelligent and brave soldier with a no-nonsense attitude who seldom takes prisoners,” the article read in part.