Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written yet another letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, warning that Nigeria is tipping towards a dangerous cliff and only the president could forestall such a looming disaster. In the letter issued today, Obasanjo said that the incessant killings across the country can no longer be ignored or treated with nonchalance. He said it cannot be swept under the carpet or treated with cuddling glove.
Obasanjo said Nigeria has been consumed by violence and ethnic divisions since Mr Buhari assumed office four years ago, in a manner not seen for decades.
He warned that for President Buhari to be able to stop the “smoldering ethnic agitations”, he would have to stop fanning “the embers of hatred, disaffection and violence.” Obasanjo also called on armed herdsmen to publicly state their grievances in order to form a national discussion around it, rather than waging a violent campaign across the country.
The last week’s killing of Funke Olakunrin, a 58-year-old daughter of Yoruba leader, Reuben Fasoranti, was amongst the most recent national security mishaps which Obasanjo said could tip the country off a perilous edge.
The elder statesman in the letter was however quick to add that the President cannot handle the situation stressing the need for a joint effort to tackle the menace. He, therefore, urged the government to open up discussion, debate and dialogue as part of the consultation to proffer solutions to the problem of insecurity confronting the nation.