May 25, 2018

Nigerians, beware of Obasanjo, Babangida motives (Punch)

Nigerians, beware of Obasanjo, Babangida motives (Punch)

It is a season of contentious open letters in Nigeria. In a space of two weeks, two former heads of state – Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida – have made major interventions on the state of the nation. As expected, their stinging assessments of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration have generated tension and mixed reactions in the polity. While the duo and their co-travellers bear an important message, which is the ineptitude, divisiveness and sectionalism that the Buhari government represents, their motives may not altogether be altruistic. Nigerians should beware of this as the journey to the 2019 elections gathers momentum. In the first letter early in the year, entitled: “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement,” Obasanjo raised a storm of allegations against Buhari. He accused him of bad policies and poor choices that have left the country sharply divided. Although the two-time head of state commended Buhari on fighting Boko Haram and corruption, he berated him for his handling of the Fulani herdsmen atrocities, his sectional appointments in key security positions and his naïve muddling of the economy. For this, Obasanjo advised Buhari not to seek a second term in 2019. Read more

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