Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned that “Nigeria will break up” at worst if the nation will not be restructured.
Naija Information studies that the previous Nigerian President spoke on Friday at this yr’s version of the Sobo Sowemimo Annual Lecture organised by Abeokuta Membership titled, “COVID-19 and the Nigeria safety points: The best way ahead.”
The previous President careworn that restructuring is useful to all as a result of insecurity now impacts each a part of Nigeria no matter geographical location, tribe, language and faith.
His phrases: “Let me lay extra emphasis on the problem of safety, which in itself is critical sufficient to make restructuring crucial. The South-West governors cried out and devised Amotekun as an answer or part-solution. We now have but to see how efficiently that will likely be operated.
“Different zones are clamouring for an answer as a result of in no state and in no geopolitical zone is life and property protected and safe.
“Criminality is the order of the day. And it cuts throughout the complete nation. Insecurity is one challenge of commonality amongst Nigerians, regardless of their tribe, language, faith, geographical location, gender, age or social place.’
“I omit financial system which is within the doldrums and combating corruption the place you see extra warmth than gentle and which is festering like a foul sore. That, to me, is what reform of federating models and restructuring is all about and never about break-up or disintegration.
“Insecurity caused by widespread criminality of Boko Haram, insurgents, herdsmen/farmers battle, terrorists, bandits, armed robbers, militants, kidnappers, abductors and human traffickers is a brand new phenomenon that’s ravaging the complete nation,” Obasanjo said.
The previous President careworn that no ethnic group and even the Fulanis in Nigeria are collectively happy with the current safety scenario regardless of President Muhammadu Buhari being a Fulani man.
Obasanjo mentioned: “I’m, after all, discounting invidious and irredeemable Fulani fundamentalists and hegemonists. Federal safety structure, as organised and operated by the current authorities, can’t give any particular person or group hope, not to mention assurance of safety inside Nigeria.’’
“Not that I’m afraid of revolution, no, in no way, however I really like and cherish peace and, after all, not peace of the graveyard. If I’m involved about safety points in Mali due to chance of flow-over to different elements of West Africa, I ought to be extra involved about safety in any a part of Nigeria.”
“I’ve not lived for the demise of Nigeria nor for its destruction or incapacitation in any kind. Quite, I’ve lived to make and see an excellent and united nation.’’
“Now, no a part of the nation can declare to be protected from the menace and insecurity brought on by terrorists, armed robbers, human traffickers, kidnappers of all types, cattle rustlers, insurgents, bandits and herders/farmers conflicts.”
“We’re all challenged to place our pondering caps on, be a part of palms and search options collectively, in any other case, we will likely be destroyed piecemeal,’’ Obasanjo added.