By Enioluwa Adeniyi
The former Army Chief stated this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, ahead of his 80th birthday holding in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, he urged him to desist from open letter so as to make a point.
Gen. Akinrinade worked with the former President during the Civil War when Obasanjo was the Commander of the Third Marine Commando.
Akinrinade, noted that since the former President has access to the Presidency, there is no need for public letter writting.
He further stated that whenever Obasanjo releases an open letter, what comes to his mind was how the former President handle similar issues while in power.
Akinrinade pointed out that statesmen should consult with those in power and offer constructive criticisms, instead of going to the public.
He said, “If I have an opportunity to advise him, I will say he should not write letters again.”
“Each time he writes letter, the question I ask is: when he was there, how did he do it? He should not write letters again.”
“He has access to them and he can give his advice, instead of writing.”