OBASANJO AN INCORRIGIBLE LIAR, FICTION WRITER: BRIG.GEN. ALABI-ISAMA

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Obasanjo dancing
* A retired Nigerian military officer offers an
unflattering response to Obasanjo’s new book
Obasanjo’s Memoirs: My Watch: Alabi-Isama
says it’s all fiction
From his base in Ilorin, retired Brigadier
Godwin Alabi—Isama this morning sent his
response to General Olusegun Obasanjo’s three
–volume memoir, ‘’My Watch’’
In a telephone conversation, Alabi-Isama said
that if he had read Obasanjo’s book before it
was presented in Lagos last Tuesday 9
December, he would have gone to the venue to
challenge Obasanjo.
He said ‘’the tragedy of our civil war is
painful, but that Obasanjo is publishing fiction
about it is so outrageous. We should not allow
this liar to get away with his self –serving
lies.’’
Here is Alabi-Isama’s response:
“I’m gravely pained to be trading words with
General Olusegun Obasanjo once again on the
history of Nigeria-Biafra War. He is an elder
and a former ruler who, ordinarily, should be
treated with utmost respect. But how can one
genuinely respect an old man who tells lies like
a badly raised child?
Obasanjo has obviously not recovered from the
shock inflicted on him by my book, ”The
Tragedy of Victory” in which I exposed the
tissues of lies in his civil war memoir, ”My
Command”.
It is said that a lie may travel for a thousand
miles, but it takes just one step of truth to
catch up with it. I’m alive to stand up to him on
the lies he has told on the war because I was a
major participant in it. I kept records. With
facts and figures at my finger tips, I have
debunked Obasanjo’s lies in part three of my
book, consisting of one hundred and sixty five
pages, sixty nine pictures, thirteen military
strategies and tactics, maps and documents.
This was the same Obasanjo who published a
fake Federal Government gazette that I was
found guilty by the Army when I was never
tried. I have proved that Obasanjo was an
incompetent commander. I have proved that he
was a wily and cunning fellow, and an
incredible opportunist who reaped where he did
not sow.
“I have proved that he was an ingrate and a
hypocrite. More importantly, I have proved that
he was a coward, who ran away from the war
front to go and look for phantom ammunition.
Rather than respond to my claims the way a
gallant officer should, he has now responded
like a motor-park tout, impugning my person
and questioning my ethnic lineage. I never said
I was from Ibadan. I only schooled there.
General Obasanjo, this bolekaja style is so
demeaning. You live in a glass house, so stop
throwing stones. We, who have facts, pictures
and documents, meticulously kept over the
years, can tell the whole world one or two
things about you.
“Have a look at this attached picture at your
wedding to your first wife Remi. When the
photographer wanted to take the picture of the
bride and groom and their parents, you said a
few things about your parents which I still
remember. It was only Remi’s mother that took
the picture with us. Please, don’t mess with the
memory of my dear parents. You know my
mother, an Ilorin woman, and you also saw her
at the war front. She told me who my father
was and she spoke his language, and took me to
his home town when he died. I went to primary
school in Owu, so I know your family very well.
You should be honest enough to tell the world
the story of the man who was your father. I
told you and wrote in my book that any person
who does not appreciate the efforts of women
has had no good mother. Please, don’t go
beyond military tactics and strategies when
dealing with me.
“You say in volume three of your book ”My
Watch” that I could be in bed with a woman
while radioing my commander that I was in
pursuit of rebels. Hundreds of thousands of
those who have read my book ”The Tragedy of
Victory”—-a six hundred and seventy-page
book, complete with four hundred and fifty
pictures and thirty nine military strategies and
tactics, maps and documents— will call you a
liar. I am so surprised and even embarrassed
that a man of your status is still trading in
gutter rumours. An elder with a filthy mind, a
leader who lacks wisdom of age, does not
deserve any respect.
I have proved that he was an ingrate and a
hypocrite. More importantly, I have proved that
he was a coward, who ran away from the war
front to go and look for phantom ammunition.
Rather than respond to my claims the way a
gallant officer should, he has now responded
like a motor-park tout, impugning my person
and questioning my ethnic lineage. I never said
I was from Ibadan. I only schooled there.
General Obasanjo, this bolekaja style is so
demeaning. You live in a glass house, so stop
throwing stones. We, who have facts, pictures
and documents, meticulously kept over the
years, can tell the whole world one or two
things about you
.
“I’m the same Godwin Alabi- Isama that
commanded the troops that liberated today’s
Cross River State in thirty days of battle from
Calabar to Obubra with no single casualty. This
is the same Alabi- Isama that advanced 480
kilometres in 30 days from Calabar to Port
Harcourt, liberating today’s Akwa Ibom, Rivers
and Bayelsa States with 35,000 men and women
with 15000 on logistics, building roads and
pontoons, with 8 men and 2 officers as my
casualties. Obasanjo ordered the attack of
Ohoba, a mere 24 miles from Owerri, in one
hour of battle, more than 1000 Nigerian
soldiers were dead.
“Obasanjo claims that when I once played
squash with him, I cheated. This incredible liar
has forgotten that there were witnesses to that
game. Those witnesses are still alive, and they
remember what really happened. I played
squash with him once in my life. He could not
make a point because I was not one of his
sycophants who would allow him to win a game
just to massage his huge ego. Look, General
Obasanjo, there was no way you could have
beaten me in any game. You do not have the
physique and agility to do that. Apart from
being a popular sports man and soccer captain
in Ibadan Boys High School, I was Sports
Officer in the Nigerian Army, playing games
from soccer to tennis, athletics etc. You never
played any games at school let alone in the
Army. If you had been diligent at your physical
exercises as we were taught to be, your
protruding tummy would not have become a
butt of joke to many officers and men of the
Army.
“General Obasanjo may try but he cannot
deny the evidence of the civil war tragic
history. While he got over a thousand soldiers
killed at Ohoba, myself, Alani Akinrinade, and
the brilliant and hardworking Pincer Team of
Ola Oni, Iluyomade, Isemede, S.S. Tomoye,
Salawu, Okwarobo, Sunny Tuoyo, etc did a
better job at the Third Marine Commando. I
have stated how it was done in ”The Tragedy
of Victory,” by writing to set the Civil War
records straight. Obasanjo says I only wanted
to make money that was why I wrote my book,
after all I was broke. I thank Obasanjo for
unwittingly giving credit that I did not steal
money in the Army. I believe that this country
Nigeria ought to know by now all the crooks
parading themselves as saints. Now I know why
Obasanjo was surprised at my financial
successes abroad, and then sent his wife Stella
of blessed memory to me. She was my guest in
Houston Texas for a week. We have video and
pictures of the visit with witnesses like Jack
Gonsoulin, Rod Anthony, and Tom Britton.
“I challenge Obasanjo to a debate on military
tactics and strategies on the Nigerian Civil
War. He wrote about his team. Who were they?
George Innih went the wrong way to Arochukwu
when Akinrinade needed reinforcement for the
final battle to capture Uli Ihiala airport.
Akinrinade told him that he would shoot George
Innih anytime he showed up. Where was
Obasanjo’s fake Apollo Battalion that operated
behind enemy lines, when he could not capture
Ohoba? When Akinrinade called him that
Biafra troops had surrendered to him and the
Pincer team, Obasanjo, who was coming from a
party, got lost looking for them, as he did not
know where to go and did not know the way to
Amichi.
“I challenge Obasanjo to a debate on military
tactics and strategies on the Nigerian Civil
War. He wrote about his team. Who were they?
George Innih went the wrong way to Arochukwu
when Akinrinade needed reinforcement for the
final battle to capture Uli Ihiala airport.
Akinrinade told him that he would shoot George
Innih anytime he showed up. Where was
Obasanjo’s fake Apollo Battalion that operated
behind enemy lines, when he could not capture
Ohoba? When Akinrinade called him that
Biafra troops had surrendered to him and the
Pincer team, Obasanjo, who was coming from a
party, got lost looking for them, as he did not
know where to go and did not know the way to
Amichi.
“I am not qualified to comment on Obasanjo’s
political achievements, if any, for this country.
The people and posterity will do that. There is
no president in this country that he has not
condemned. Haba! He always thinks that he
has the preserve of knowledge on how to rule
this country. Did the country move forward
when he was Head of State or President? He
destroyed the heart of the national security.
We can see the result today. He destroyed
education in many ways. We see the result
today. He destroyed a lot of other things.
“As for how he has treated his family shabbily,
his wife and children have openly made their
comments. Those comments are in public domain
today and forever, even though Obasanjo
cleverly brushes them aside in his current book.
“I implore Obasanjo to stop lying before he
dies.’’

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