The former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who ruled Nigeria from 1999 – 2007 raised fears of possible disintegration of Nigeria under President Buhari.
Chief Obasanjo raised the observations at the Dr Frederick Fasehun Memorial Lecture on February 29, 2020.
Buhari’s poor LEADERSHIP QUALITIES gave rise to so many allusions and grumbling from different geopolitical zones in the country.
Recall that President Buhari declared IPOB as terrorists Group while granting Amnesty to the World Acclaimed Terrorist Sect known as Boko Haram. He refused to declare the Boko Haram as Terrorists Group.
Presently, the Central Security system has COLLAPSED and INCESSANT KILLINGS and Kidnappings have become more common across the country.
Despite cries by Nigerians for the sack of Service Chiefs; to enable fresh ideas and innovations in the military; yet no action taken by the Federal government.
This has resulted to the creation of Amotekun; a Security outfit from South West Nigeria who are clamouring for Oduduwa Republic.
Personally, I believe that Nigeria’s Unity remains sacrosanct but APC government should ensure that normalcy and peace return to the Central SECURITY system by introducing changes to the SECURITY APPARATUS.
Below is Obasanjo’s statement:
“Nigeria belongs to all Nigerians on the basis of freedom, equality, equity, justice, fairness, peace, security, cooperation, mutual dignity, respect, shared values and shared prosperity.
“If these factors are removed, Nigeria falls to pieces. But for now, we can still make hay while the sun shines.
“Are all these people speaking the truth enemies of the government? Are apologists just telling the President what they believe he wants to hear? Do they believe that they are being fair to Nigerians and indeed to President Buhari? Do they remember that there is a day of judgement when they have to render account before God? I know for sure that God has the best in stock for Nigeria. And do they consider the present situation as the best for Nigeria?
“Today, the agitation has moved up to restructuring. Thanks to Buhari’s administration and its impunity and all. With the fractional political division, poor management of the economy, the non-protecting security and the politics of uncertainty in the land, we should not allow the restructuring agitation to degenerate to self-determination agitation.
“There is still a window of opportunity for us to nip in the bud a possible and indeed likely agitation for self-determination that will be violent, destructive and all-empowering. We have descended to lack of civility bordering on uncivilisation, indignity, mutual disrespect and crudity in the language of our debate, dialogue, discourse, address, comments and remarks across tribe, section, religion, region, ethnicity and community. If not halted, it will degenerate and poison the atmosphere to the tipping point or point of no return. If the issue becomes conceptualised as an issue of freedom or liberation, there will be no wall or gate to effectively prevail against it. Some well-meaning Nigerians are worried and understandingly so.
“Threats and intimidation do not build a community, they rather destroy it.