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Nigeria dangerously on the precipice -Obasanjo

 

Again, former president Olusegun Obasanjo has raised alarm over the situation in the country calling on government to do something about the security situation which he said is getting out of hand,

Former President,Obasanjo, lamented the state of the nation, and called for urgent actions to tackle country’s challenges which he said was now and issue of “life and death.”

The four-page letter released by Kehinde Akinyemi, his Special Assistant on Media, noted that a number of fake articles, in recent days, have been attributed to him declaring that he will always boldly own what he says and disown what isn’t his.

He said:  “The issue I am addressing here is very serious; it is the issue of life and death for all of us and for our dear country, Nigeria.

“This issue can no longer be ignored, treated with nonchalance, swept under the carpet or treated with cuddling glove. The issue is hitting at the foundation of our existence as Nigerians and fast eroding the root of our Nigerian community.

“I am very much worried and afraid that we are on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay…….

“Say what you will, Boko Haram is still a daily issue of insecurity for those who are victimised, killed, maimed, kidnapped, raped, sold into slavery and forced into marriage and for children forcibly recruited into carrying bombs on them to detonate among crowds of people to cause maximum destructions and damage.

“And Boko Haram will not go away on the basis of sticks alone, carrots must overweigh sticks. How else do you deal with issues such as only about 50% literacy in North-East with over 70% unemployment?

“Herdsmen/farmers crises and menace started with government treating the issue with cuddling glove instead of hammer. It has festered and spread.

“Today, it has developed into banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and killings all over the country. The unfortunate situation is that the criminality is being perceived as a ‘Fulani’ menace unleashed by Fulani elite in the different parts of the country for a number of reasons but even more, unfortunately, many Nigerians and non-Nigerians who are friends of Nigeria attach vicarious responsibility to you as a Fulani elite and the current captain of the Nigeria ship.

“Whatever may be the grievances of Fulanis, if any, they need to be put out in the open and their grievances, if legitimate, be addressed; and if other ethnic groups have grievances, let them also be brought out in the open and addressed through debate and dialogue.”

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