– Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has accused President Buhari of failing to act quickly to stop the increased insecurity in Nigeria
– Obasanjo said the issue of Boko Haram insurgency and killer herdsmen could have been handled better to prevent the current situation
– The former military head of state says what Buhari should do now is call for international and local assistance to end the menace
President Muhammadu Buhari has again come under fire from his top critic and former Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo.
This time, Obasanjo is attacking the president over the increased insecurity across the country.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Obasanjo fired his latest shot at President Buhari while speaking at the second session of the Synod held at the Cathedral of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Oleh in Isoko South local government area of Delta state.
According to the report, the former president accused Buhari of letting the insecurity issue get out of control by failing to deal decisively with Boko Haram insurgents and killer herdsmen.On insecurity, the elder statesman said “Every issue of insecurity must be taken seriously at all levels and be addressed at once without favoritism or cuddling.”He added:
“Both Boko Haram and herdsmen acts of violence were not treated as they should at the beginning.“They have both incubated and.developed beyond what Nigeria can handle alone. They are now combined and internationalized with ISIS in control.
“It is no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youths in Nigeria which it began as, it is now West African fulanization, African Islamization and global organized crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change.
“Yet, we could have dealt with both earlier, and nib them in the bud, but Boko Haram boys were seen as rascals not requiring serious attention in administering holistic measures of stick and carrot.
“And when we woke up to the reality, it was turned to industry for all and sundry to supply materials and equipment that were already outdated and that were not fit for active military purpose.”
The former military head of state and one-time war commander during the Nigerian civil war, noted that poor motivation for soldiers is also not helping the fight against insecurity.
He said: “Soldiers were poorly trained for the unusual mission, poorly equipped, poorly motivated, poorly led and made to engage in propaganda rather than achieving results.
“Intelligence was poor and governments embarked on games of denials while paying ransoms which strengthened the insurgents and yet governments denied payments of ransoms.
“Today, the insecurity issue has gone beyond the wit and capacity of Nigerian Government or even West African Governments.”
Obasanjo’s words come just days after the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu said the election of President Buhari for a second-term in office was a clear proof that no man, but God gives power.
Obasanjo, he said, has been demystified by the poll results.
Akiolu made the statement when participants of the Senior Executive Course 41 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, visited him in his palace in Lagos on Wednesday, May 15.
The visitors who were on study tour of the state were led by Nasirudeen Usman, NIPSS Acting Director of Studies.