– The FG has been urged not to speak for Boko Haram and herdsmen
– Yinka Odumakin, spokesman of Afenifere, Yoruba’s socio-cultural organisation said it is only the sympathisers of herdsmen and Boko Haram that would condemn Obasanjo
– Odumakin was reacting to FG’s position on a statement by Obasanjo
The federal government has been faulted for its reaction to comments made by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the activities of Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP)
Afenifere, Yoruba’s socio-cultural organisation faulted the federal government in statement by Yinka Odumakin, the spokesman of the organisation.
“It is only the sympathisers of herdsmen and Boko Haram, and the herdsmen, that would condemn Obasanjo, judging from the serious havoc the two militants groups have wreaked on Nigerians and the image of the nation.”
According to him, the government should not have reacted to Obasanjo’s comments if truly it was making concerted efforts to address the crisis.
Speaking with The Guardian, Odumakin, is someone who is not given to frivolities.
“What I expect the government to do is intensify its efforts to curb the menace of the two deadly groups instead of attacking the former president.”
“Apart from the fact that several lives and property have been wasted in the last couple of years due to the crises caused by the two deadly groups, their activities have also led to the grouping of Nigeria among countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. If a government is vilifying Obasanjo for saying what he said, on whose side is the government?”