You are irresponsible for abusıng Obasanjo — Dogo tells Buhari

The Presidency has attack Obasanjo over his statement that the country is becoming a failed state under Buhari.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

/ by National Pivot

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s admonition to the Buhari administration over failure to effectively manage the diversity and socio-economic development of the country, unsurprisingly fell in deaf ears, as the presidency accuse him of being responsible for Nigeria's current woes due to damages done during his administration.

Obasanjo had said that the many challenges facing the country today, were the products of recent mismanagement of the diversity and socio-economic development of the country.

“Old fault lines that were disappearing have opened up in greater fissures and with drums of hatred, disintegration and separation and accompanying choruses being heard loud and clear almost everywhere,” Obasanjo said.

He, however, called for concerted efforts of all stakeholders towards “moving Nigeria from tipping over.”

In defense of the former president, members of the Nigerian Elders and Leaders insisted on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari is insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.

They said the President should have embraced former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s admonition as a wake-up instead of abusing the former leader for telling him wake up from his slumber.

According to the elders, who met on the state of the nation last week in Abuja under the chairmanship of Obasanjo, the President has uncritically perceived the responsible and credible initiative as Obasanjo’s sole affair.

In a statement in Lagos yesterday, the group said it has no regrets or apologies to offer for encouraging a dialogue for an exchange ideas in a bid to pulling the country from the brink of collapse.

The statement was signed by Dr. Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt Forum), Yinka Odumakin (Afenifere), Chief Guy Ikokwu (Ohanaeze) and Bassey Hensaw (PANDEF).

The group said: “We are even more worried at this stage that a responsible and constructive effort to douse tensions, build bridges and restore hope in the potentials for the survival of our country as democratic and united entity will attract the type of childish vitriol from the Presidency, including labelling us as terrorists.

“Clearly, our current leaders are living in very deep denial, if they do not recognise that our current situation represents an existential danger to the nation.

“We noted the commendable support of other leaders for the initiative, and the statesmanship of Chairmen of Nigerian, APC and PDP Governors‘ fora who attended the second day of the meeting and expressed genuine support for it.

“In contrast, we are alarmed at the insensitivity of the Presidency which will rather demolish patriotic and responsible action than take steps to address gaping holes in the manner it handles our national destiny, our security and our economy.

“Our fora is encouraged to pursue the time-tested strategy of engagement, dialogue and steadfast commitment to the future of our country as secure, united and just.

“We will continue to exercise our rights to meet and seek for solutions, and discharge our obligations to younger generations of Nigerians who deserve to live in a nation without its current frightening limitations.

“We believe that the Presidency, our legislators and all well-meaning Nigerians should be part of our initiative. If the Presidency chooses to stay out, Nigerians have the right to ask what it is doing to address our deeply-embedded problems itself.

“President Muhammadu Buhari should know that Nigerians can distinguish between Nigerians who care enough to do something, and those with responsibility who choose to do nothing.”

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