Nigeria: How Buhari Elevated a CAN Chairman Obasanjo Described As a ‘Total Idiot’


Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser To The President on Media and Publicity, has shared an experience on how President Muhammadu Buhari elevated Yakubu Pam, former Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Plateau State, who was allegedly denigrated by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

In his weekly article, the Presidential Spokesman recalled an encounter between Obasanjo and Pam in 2004.

He said when the former president visited Plateau over a religious crisis in the state, he talked condescendingly on Pam, whom he allegedly described as a “total idiot”.

“Let’s go back in time to May 2004, when the lands of Yelwa-Shendam, in Plateau State, had turned crimson. Primitive fury and hatred were unleashed, leading to internecine bloodbath. Hundreds and hundreds of people were killed along religious lines.”

“While the place was turned into killing fields, the then President Olusegun MATTHEW Obasanjo (emphasis on that middle name) visited, and met with the different stakeholders.

“During the dialogue session, the then Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Plateau State asked a question the President found offensive. And the Owu man, a retired Army General, flew off the handle. He let out this fusillade:

“What role have you played to bring about peace as CAN Chairman in Plateau State? CAN, my foot! What kind of CAN Chairman are you? Did your own Christianity teach you about revenge? You are an idiot. A total idiot. And I have no apologies for that.