- The change of government in 2015 is still a reoccurring issue in Nigeria
- So many conspiracy theories was said to have taken place around that time
- More revelations have surfaced in a new book on the historic election titled: “Facts Versus Fiction” written by Reno Omokri
Former American President, Barack Obama has been mentioned in the high-wired political intrigues that was the order of the day in Nigeria before the 2015 elections.
A new book on the historic election titled: “Facts Versus Fiction” written by a former aide of ex-President Jonathan, Reno Omokri, revealed that Obama’s opposition to Jonathan’s re-election was possibly pay-back for his government’s stand against gay marriage.
The Nigerian parliament had outlawed gay marriage with Jonathan's full support despite intense pressure from the US.
According to the book, this was further reinforced by the strong opposition from the political elite in the north who blamed the Jonathan administration for the insurgency that ravaged the north-east.
The book claimed that 12 northern governors held meetings with top officials of the Obama administration where the plan was hatched to oust Jonathan.
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One Matthew T. Page, who until his resignation in 2016, was the U.S. State department’s top intelligence analyst on Nigeria, was said to be part and parcel of the series of meetings held between US government officials and the northern governors.
The meetings were said to have been held at the United States Institute for Peace as well as the US State Department.
Excerpts from the book read: “Mr. Page noted that the meetings at the United States Institute for Peace were innocuous but that when the governors proceeded to the closed-door sessions at the US State Department, things changed.
“According to Mr. Page, present at the State Department meetings were Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield who was then the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs. Also present at the meeting was the then number three man at the State Department, Ambassador Thomas Alfred “Tom” Shannon Jr., acting Deputy Secretary of State of the United States and the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.
“At that meeting, Admiral Murtala Nyako read out a memo he had written itemizing the case against Jonathan. He was so openly and almost violently against the Jonathan administration in his speech that he had to be openly rebuked at the meeting by the then Nigerian ambassador to the US, Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye of blessed memory.
“Admiral Nyako’s belligerence against the Jonathan administration was so venomous that it prompted a rebuttal from the Gombe State governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, who showed loyalty to the then Nigerian President. According to Mr. Page, this prompted most of the other Northern governors present to turn on him.”
The book further revealed that after the anti-Jonathan tirades by these governors, they were shepherded to the White House on March 18, 2014 for more meetings.
In these meetings, the governors met with then National Security Adviser, Susan Rice.
Meanwhile, Jonathan has endorsed the book, adding that Nigerians are hungry to know the truth about his administration.
“In a mere 24 hours, a book on my administration, Facts Versus Fiction: The True Story of the Jonathan Years, Chibok, 2015 and the Conspiracies, became a worldwide #9 bestseller and the #1 trending topic in Lagos, Abuja and the entire nation of Nigeria. Nigerians are hungry for the TRUTH. Get it now on Amazon.com,” Jonathan wrote on his Facebook page.
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