Obasanjo sides with IBB, says the Buhari administration is mismanaging the country.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has re-echoed the concerns raised by former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida who said the current challenges facing the country is fuelled by failure of leadership to both acknowledge, respect, and properly manage nation’s diversities.
Obasanjo said while there are exaggerations in claims that the Fulanis harbor secret agenda against other ethnicities in the country, Buhari’s failure to effectively manage the growing concerns of Nigerians, makes the claims all the more credible.
He said, “As a Fulani elite and the current captain of the Nigeria, it is unfortunate that the president watches acts of criminality in country, continues especially the menace unleashed by Fulani elite in the different parts of the country for a number of reasons.
“Whatever may be the grievances of Fulanis, if any, they need to be put out in the open and their grievances, if legitimate, be addressed; and if other ethnic groups have grievances, let them also be brought out in the open and addressed through debate and dialogue.
“The main issue, if I may dare say, is poor management or mismanagement of diversity which, on the other hand, is one of our greatest and most important assets.
“As a result, very onerous cloud is gathering. And rain of destruction, violence, disaster and disunity can only be the outcome. Nothing should be taken for granted, the clock is ticking with the cacophony of dissatisfaction and disaffection everywhere in and outside the country.
“The Presidency and the Congress in the US have signalled to us to put our house in order. The House of Lords in the UK had debated the Nigerian security situation. We must understand and appreciate the significance, implication and likely consequences of such concerns and deliberations.”
On claims of a decimated Boko Haram, the former president said nothing has changed as long Nigerians remain unsure of their safety from the activities of insurgents.
He said, ” Boko Haram has menacingly ravaged the land and in spite of government’s claim of victory over Boko Haram, the potency and the activities of Boko Haram, where they are active, remain undiminished, putting lie to government’s claim.”
Meanwhile, the Buhari administration has another challenge it is yet to get under control. The country has been under lockdown for over a month, as it battles the spread of covid-19 in the country.
Recent data released by NCDC, shows total number of new cases in the last 24 hours as 204, while overall cases in the country stands at 1932.
204 new cases of #COVID19 reported;
11:50pm 30th April- 1932 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria
Deaths: 58 pic.twitter.com/CIZtojz5UR
— NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 30, 2020