FORMER president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari raised alarm over insecurity and warns that the foundations of the nation’s existence were eroding.
In the letter Monday, which chiefly addressed insecurity with the menace of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen, Obasanjo stated that, “we are on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay.”
He pointed out to Buhari, “for over ten years, four of which you have been the captain of the ship, Boko Haram has menacingly ravaged the land and in spite of government’s claim of victory over Boko Haram, the potency and the activities of Boko Haram, where they are active, remain undiminished, putting lie to government’s claim…
“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.”
He noted that the continued breakdown of security has tasked the faith of Nigerians in the nation for some to proclaim that “enough is enough,” while others will say that, “we can no longer say with certainty that we have a nation.”
Obasanjo is worried that the nation is faced with four scenarios all of which could lead to not only of a break down of order but a break up of the country. “It happened to Yugoslavia not too long ago. If we do not act now, one or all of these scenarios may happen. We must pray and take effective actions at the same time,” he stated.
He noted ominously that, “when people are desperate and feel that they cannot have confidence in the ability of government to provide security for their lives and properties, they will take recourse to anything and everything that can guarantee their security individually and collectively.”
Noting that the nation cannot afford to dither anymore in confronting the threat headlong and holistically, the former president advised Buhari to reach out to groups like traditional rulers, former heads of service or any groups that may be deemed relevant in order to treat the issue with utmost seriousness.
“If there is failure, the principal responsibility will be that of the President and no one else,” he stated.