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Controversy Over Obasanjo Son’s Appointment



A support group, under the auspices of Buhari Youth Organisation (BYO) has dissociated itself from the purported appointment of the son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s, Olajuwon Obasanjo as the national president of the group.

The group which raised the alarm yesterday in Abuja while speaking exclusively to LEADERSHIP said Olajuwon was appointed by a fake group ledby a suspended member of the group Garba Umar.

LEADERSHIP checks revealed that the self-acclaimed national secretary, Garba Umar of the group who appointed Olajunwo remains suspended by the Board of Trustees BYO on the 3 November, 2018. His name is also not on incorporated trustees of BYO as sighted by our correspondent at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) official website with registration no: CAC/IT/63673.

Speaking exclusively to LEADERSHIP, yesterday, the chairman Board of Trustees, BYO, Amb. Ali Barakat called on members of the group across the 36 states of the federation and Nigerians to be wary of the fake group led by Engr Umar.

Amb. Ali advised Obasanjo’s son Olajuwon not to destroy or stain his father’s integrity globally and seek political relevance through genuine means not by associating himself with impersonators and fraudsters.

According to him, “Olajuwon is welcome to join us. While I cannot completely blame him for joining a fake group led by an impostor, he opt to ask for the CAC registration of the group he wish to join and do due diligence before joining any support group.”

He said anyone who wants to seek information can visit the official website of the group:

  Amb. Ali said it is true that the organization is restructuring to better position for the onerous task ahead but this does not allow room for dismissed and criminally minded individual mischievously highjack the plan using same to deceive well-meaning Nigerians.

He said: “Any meeting with Engr Umar is illegal and any action taken on the said gathering cannot be said to represent the position of a properly constituted and incorporated body as BYO.

“Engr, Garba Umar and co are free to form and nurture an organization to on enviable position rather than engage in fruitless struggle to hijack the sweat and effort of those who have put down so much to build one.

“Buhari Youths Organisation is well poised to sanitize the organisation to depicts the integrity, ideology and personality of President Muhammadu Buhari our grand patron the aims and objectives as originally intended.

“BYO will not be deterred in its resolve to catch up with any criminal element irrespective of position, tribe and connection.”

He stressed that all criminal offences by officers of the organization that could not be resolved internally have been forwarded to relevant security and financial crimes agencies for proper

“We also appeal to all those who were deceived with positions and appointments that are not recognised in the organization not to be  embarrassed by such deception as the organisation is critically working out ways for their reasonable accommodation.”

“We also apologised by any embarrassment the actions of criminal elements and imposters have caused our many supporters and dignitaries. Be assured that in a few days all controversial challenges of the organization will be a thing of the past,” he added.