Olusegun Obasanjo, former president, has mocked President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption in the country.
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Obasanjo, while speaking at the 2020 Sobo Sowemimo Annual Lecture, which held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said there is more heat than light in the present government’s anti-corruption war.
In his speech titled “COVID-19 and Nigeria Security Issues: The Way Forward”, Obasanjo lamented the spate of insecurity in the country and calls for division.
He said there have been comments and remarks about insecurity, “occasioned by criminality and acts of lawlessness that are brazen and outrageous with seeming government powerlessness to act effectively”.
The former president pointed out that the Northern Elders Forum, through its spokesperson, Akeem Baba Ahmed, declared Buhari a failure on account of persistent insecurity within the nation.
“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. Leaders in politics, private sector, religion, traditional institutions and civil society have cried out against pervasive insecurity in our land”, he said.
Obasanjo noted that insecurity in the country and unhelpful acts of the federal government, has forced some governors to devise means of enhancing security within their states and their geo-political zones.
He said South-west governors cried out and “devised Amotekun as a solution or part-solution. We are 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”.
“If we are all held hostage by criminality of Boko Haram, terrorists, herdsmen/farmers, bandits, kidnappers, militants, armed robbers, then we all have common ground to seek common solution by putting aside governance collapse, incompetence, failure, insincerity and insensitivity and chart a new stable, enduring and generally sustainable basis and platform for Nigeria Federation”.
“Other people had called for correction, according to them, of the ‘Mistake of 1914′ while others are talking of proclamation for the ‘Sovereignties and Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples of Nigeria’. I believe there is need for a bit of clarification and understanding of the situation to avoid confusing the situation further.
“Our problem is of a different nature emanating essentially from government’s orientation, policies, competence, performance and delivery and gross inadequacies in these areas. Some people describe it as ‘collapse of governance at all levels!’ When what was not happening before begins to happen, you must try to find out why”, he also said.
He added: “The issue of Nigeria’s future as a result of our current security situation must not be taken non-seriously as I see it as a matter of life and death for our country which must not be toyed with. I very much believe that God created Nigeria to lead the black race as the Americans lead the white race for now and the Chinese lead the brown or yellow race. We must do everything to actualise the plan of God for Nigeria not minding the great crises of the past and gross under-performance, incompetence and failure of the present.
“This makes me ask the question, “Is 1914 a mistake or the act of God through the instrumentality of man?” I do not believe God makes a mistake and He has His hands in the affairs of any man or woman and in the affairs of any nation. God is purposeful and His mystery may not be easily comprehensible. Nigeria, to me, is a creation of God for justice, fairness and equity amongst its component parts.”