Buhari vs Atiku: Garba Shehu under fire for attacking Obasanjo, Atiku, others

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to
President Muhammadu Buhari has come under attack for criticizing his
former boss, Atiku Abubakar.

Shehu worked under the Waziri of Adamawa between 2003 and 2015.

The Presidential spokesperson had on Thursday berated former
President, Olusegun Obasanjo for endorsing Abubakar for the 2019
Presidential election at a meeting in Ogun State.

Shehu who described the meeting as a 'well-rehearsed theatre' was
quoted as saying, "It is just eleven years ago that the former
President and Vice President in their ugly fight for power accused
each other of corruption. Nigerians are yet to forget all that.

"They will lose together. Listening to the prepared statement of the
former President after the meeting showed the usual ego trip and "I
know it all" character of Chief Obasanjo."

In their reaction, Nigerians, who took to their social media expressed
divergent opinions.

Here are some comments DAILY POST gathered on Twitter.

@Gerund90, "You were Atiku's media aide before he donated you to
Buhari's campaign. Now you want to deny your boss. Don't worry, no
food for you after May 29th."

@olajidevincent, "And Nigerians remembered that you supported the then
VP and now candidate of @OfficialPDPNig. You supported him with all
you got and even denied all corruption charges against him. Whatever
you are doing today for @MBuhari, you did more for @atiku then."

@Heightinfinity, "If Nigerians can forget that your boss toppled
democracy which he now enjoys through coup d'etat in 80s, then nothing
stops them from forgetting whatever happened in the Obasanjo-Atiku

@SKSolaKuti, "Garba Shehu refused to author any press release when
Atiku emerged as PDP chairman. He has found his voice when it concerns
OBJ. Meanwhile, It is only in Nigeria that people say something is a
non-issue in a press release on the issue that is a non-issue. Awon

@Veektohr1, "Garba Shehu won't be working in the villa if Atiku didn't
lend Buhari his media team before the 2015 elections and allowed Shehu
to continue working for the president but now he wan dey insult am, na

@BaronvonGeoff1, "Garba Shehu's filibustering is all about stomach
infrastructure. If Fayose hires him tomorrow he will tear Buhari to

@JShoremekun, "See how the event turns, The same Garba Shehu was the
Media aide to Atiku at the time Atiku and OBJ fell out. He remained so
until his current appointment by PMB. Now he is on the other side
dishing out jab at his former boss. The coming days promise to be

@PapazLagos, "Buhari should ask Garba Shehu to honorably resign. How
do you have someone who worked as Atiku's media aide all his life as
your mouthpiece against his former boss?"

@rapuchukwu, "Garba Shehu have you forgotten that Atiku was your boss
for more than a decade. Don't forget your roots."

@EdreezGombawa, "Will Garba Shehu call his former boss corrupt despite
all the articles he wrote way back trying to clear his name? Will he
resign and declare support to his former boss? Will he continue as
Buhari's spokesperson and go on a rigorous campaign to help his
current boss win the election?"

@stopcorruption1, "Politics Today: People are being blackmailed, what
Doyin Okupe and Reubén Abatti did in their era is now being replicated
by Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, what Obasanjo did for Buhari, same he
has just done for Atiku. Our politics is the same yesterday, today and
forever more."

@AyeeshaMusa1, "And so my prediction about @GarShehu played out, he
finally spoke bad against his master. This same Garba Shehu that
adored, damn I love the Internet"

@iam_wilsons, "It actually took Garba Shehu 4 days to write those
jargons. Hmm, this @atiku man must be troubling these people in their

@MrTomide, "How will Garba Shehu cope with attacking Atiku in favour
of Buhari and defending Buhari against Atiku's attacks now? May our
loyalty never be tested."

@YouthsForAtiku, "Empowering someone at times is bad, just take a look
at Garba Shehu, Atiku made you whatever you think you are today, but
such is life, may those you uplift(if any) treat you back this way in
Jesus name."

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