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Nowhere is safe in Nigeria under Buhari – former President Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that there is no place currently safe in Nigeria.

He noted that regardless of tribe, language, religion, location, gender, age or social position, insecurity is one common issue.

Obasanjo noted that without reforming the federating units, Nigeria would remain insecure, unstable, unprogressive, stagnated and possibly disintegrate.

“Let me lay more emphasis on the issue of security, which in itself is serious enough to make restructuring imperative. The South-West governors cried out and devised Amotekun as a solution or part-solution.  We have yet to see how successfully that will be operated. Other zones are clamouring for a solution because in no state and in no geopolitical zone is life and property safe and secure,” Obasanjo said on Friday at this year’s edition of the Sobo Sowemimo Annual Lecture organized by Abeokuta Club.

“Criminality is the order of the day.  And it cuts across the entire nation.  Insecurity is one issue of commonality among Nigerians, no matter their tribe, language, religion, geographical location, gender, age or social position,” he added.

“I leave out economy which is in the doldrums and fighting corruption where you see more heat than light and which is festering like a bad sore. That, to me, is what reform of federating units and restructuring is all about and not about break-up or disintegration. Insecurity brought about by widespread criminality of Boko Haram, insurgents, herdsmen/farmers conflict, terrorists, bandits, armed robbers, militants, kidnappers, abductors and human traffickers is a new phenomenon that is ravaging the entire country.’’

The former president further noted that it is evident that no ethnic group or geopolitical zone and even the Fulanis in Nigeria are collectively satisfied with the situation under President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I am, of course, discounting invidious and irredeemable Fulani fundamentalists and hegemonists. Federal security architecture, as organised and operated by the present government, cannot give any individual or group hope, let alone assurance of security within Nigeria,’’ Obasanjo noted.

“Not that I am afraid of revolution, no, not at all, but I love and cherish peace and, of course, not peace of the graveyard.  If I am concerned about security issues in Mali because of possibility of flow-over to other parts of West Africa, I should be more concerned about security in any part of Nigeria. I have not lived for the demise of Nigeria nor for its destruction or incapacitation in any form.  Rather, I have lived to make and see a great and united country.’’

Obasanjo noted that there was a time when kidnappers, militants and human traffickers terrorized the East and the South-South and the North were not affected. But now the problem is everywhere and even worse in the North.

“Now, no part of the country can claim to be safe from the menace and insecurity caused by terrorists, armed robbers, human traffickers, kidnappers of all sorts, cattle rustlers, insurgents, bandits and herders/farmers conflicts.

“We are all challenged to put our thinking caps on, join hands and seek solutions together, otherwise, we will be destroyed piecemeal.’’

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