Taiwo Obasanjo, is ex-wife of former
president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. In this interview, she unfolds her
plan to float a political party, with the name, Abundant Blessing
Congress. She says her mission is a “divine assignment from God.’’
are you interested in floating a political party? What exactly is your
mission and why not find accommodation in existing platforms?
I have a divine assignment from God to
come out with something like this. It has a divine agenda. What is the
divine agenda? What is the agenda? It is to create a selfless platform
for people to come together and become the custodian, part and parcel
towards rebuilding this nation. We shouldn’t leave it to only the
government of the day to run. It is going to be a kind of shadow
government, that will also externalise itself in all that they want to
do for the nation. The Abundant Blessing Congress will also be
internalizing what they want to do and that’s what we are going to
externalize in the nation. That’s why I said we shall have a shadow
government, because right now, what we have doesn’t make me happy.
is blaming Buhari and he is actually being demonized. I believe he
shouldn’t be demonized, I believe he should be appreciated because he is
faced with a lot of deep challenges and you may ask, how do you now
solve the problems?
Yes, we can solve the problem because he
came as a caterpillar to clear the bush but he isn’t the one that will
be building that foundation, I believe he can build a superior
foundation on the one he has laid. And what is the foundation he has
come to lay? His mission is to bring us back to a people with
conscience, a people that must know that we should rule with fear of
God; that is, we should be accountable and there should be disciplined
and we shouldn’t institutionalize dishonesty. So, the man shouldn’t be
you have admitted that the man is faced with a lot of challenges; will
it be right to say he is overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenges?
Even his wife said the presidency has been hijacked by a cabal. What is
You have made reference to his wife’s
comment. I agree with that and that’s why I say Buhari isn’t the person
to be blamed, we shouldn’t heap blame on him; there are forces beyond
him which he is unaware of. Perhaps, I don’t know but they are behind
the throne. I will call them sadistic power, they are always unleashig
your observation of a sadistic power; do you align yourself with
observation of former presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, who
talked about demonic forces within the precinct of the Presidential
Yes, Buhari may not be aware, they work gradually like I told you.
Buhari from my own personal
psycho-analysis and information given to me by the Almighty God, is 100
percent good. He is clean, he has what you call undiluted honesty, he
has what you call undiluted integrity and he isn’t cunning, he isn’t
sly. He isn’t hypocritical. But there are sadistic forces behind the
throne, he isn’t even aware that they are sadistic and they are using
their venom to poison the agenda given to him by God. He hasn’t come to
inflict pain or hardship on the people, but right now, the change we are
now experiencing in the nation is change into greater hardship, greater
problem than we have ever seen before in the history of this country.
the picture you have painted, invariably you are saying, Buhari himself
needs to be delivered from sinister forces before he can deliver the
No, it isn’t Buhari that has to be
delivered, it is we the people that have to take it up as our
responsibility. Let me give you an example. When small pox was a plague
in the world, killing so many people, the cure for small pox was found
in administering the same virus into the virus killing the people and
that’s where the cure came for small pox—virus into virus and the plague
was stopped. Just like that! So, the solution is the people now. Like I
said, the emphasis, the focus, the blame, whatever it is, shouldn’t be
on Buhari or Jonathan. I think the people have to come in, which is
what our party now, our congregation, the people have to come right now
and now begin to discuss, to actualize how we are going to solve our
problems ourselves, without heaping everything on the president, because
he cannot solve them all alone. The solution to Nigeria’s problem is
Has your party applied to INEC for registration?
We will move toward that but we want to
create the awareness first. We want to create a newer platform. I am not
saying those on ground are already grounded, because I haven’t come as a
judge, or a social critic and I haven’t come as a self-righteous saint
People might take me for a front for
Daddy Obasanjo, no. I am not a voice for him, I am a voice for the
Almighty God. I am a mother and when a mother sees her children, going
through a lot of pains, she has to play her own part to ameliorate the
suffering of her family.
So, what we are trying to do is a family affair, a family platform.
In specific terms, what is your platform trying to do differently?
We are coming together, men and women.
Any candidate that wants to go into elective office, I am not coming
forward for any elective office.
So, what will you be doing with your party?
My aim, my agenda, my objective is to
get all of us together to fashion out a strategy of how we can recover
our lost possession in this nation, our lost glory, how we can become a
producing nation, instead of consuming and importing and how we can make
Buhari still has two and half more years
to go, because a child that is going to grow will first of all crawl
before walking. We don’t want to start seeking elective office only. We
want this platform to have trained the people. Everyone, I call it a
family, they know our vision, our agenda and what is the agenda? Like I
told you, we begin indoctrination among us, so that anyone among us
seeking elective office will not get there and start thinking about what
to do. In fact before, once a president from our own platform emerges,
the following day he will have the names of all the ministers and the
Senate can do the screening. We also want to champion one term for
everybody, from 2019.
You think federal lawmakers would not resist that?
Well, I have told you that my project
has divine backing. Do we need two terms? We don’t need it and we must
phase it out. Whatever you want to do, if you cannot finish in four
years, let someone else take it up from there. So, these are the areas
and many, many more.
How many state chapters do you have now?
It is going to be all over the nation, but we are going to start small.
Will you be seeking an elective position?
No, I Taiwo Obasanjo will not be seeking
an elective office but my members can. The party is hinged on three S:
selfless sacrifice, selfless service and the third is selfless
submission, saturated with self discipline and accountability. Selfless
service is about serving people not with the motive of money. When we
talk about self discipline, even if you come, it is a conservative
party, but open to suggestion, open to improvement.
when you heard President Buhari in far away Germany talk about his wife
belonging strictly to the home front, how did you feel?
But that’s the truth. The first thing a
woman should do for her husband is to cook, that’s her role. You must
also be useful in the bedroom and you must be there to take care of the
I don’t think he meant that the woman was talking rubbish. But that’s the natural role of any woman in her home.
'OBASANJO' Floats New Political Party
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