John Oyegun, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said some Nigerians may not like Olusegun Obasanjo, but it is time the country starts taking him seriously.
Oyegun said Obasanjo’s words carry weight because he is the most experienced leader the country has.
Obasanjo has voiced his concerns over the inability of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to effectively tackle insecurity, as well as unite a nation clearly divided along religious line, among others.
The ex-president also recently condemned Buhari’s decision to borrow $29.6 billion, saying it will lead the country into indebtedness in the future.
Oyegun warned that Obasanjo is a respected leader, whose words must be taken with the seriousness it deserves.
He described him as the kind of leader Nigeria needs, saying some issues raised by Obasanjo may have been exaggerated, it does not in any way means the former number one citizen does not know what he is talking about, especially over issues surrounding alleged Islamisation of Nigeria.
He said: “There is no question at all that claims of Islamization, calls for worry because we cannot pretend it doesn’t exist considering the activities of herdsmen virtually in every state of the federation, which would likely lead to unpleasantness all over the country.
“I respect him (Obasanjo). Every nation needs a man like that. What is happening is that because of his status, his experience, his background, what he says becomes infinitely weighty and cannot be ignored.”
“Obasanjo is not used to just talking and he has seen it all. He has fought a war to unite Nigeria. He was in the forefront of the battle for the unity of the country.
“So, he knows what he is talking about. He is not a small man in this sort of business. And nobody should underrate or undermine whatever he says.
“When he speaks, somebody should listen, and arrangements should be made quickly to pull back before it is too late.”
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