- Obasanjo has come under attack following his recent comment that Boko Haram's aim is to Islamise Nigeria and the entire West Africa
- A group, Coalition for Nigeria Movement, noted that the Boko Haram insurgency started when Obasanjo was the president of Nigeria
- The group called on Nigerians not to allow the former president lead the country into crisis
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has been carpeted by the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) over what it termed as another failed plot to incite violence across the nation.
Obasanjo, Nigeria’s number one citizen between 1999 and 2007, had claimed that Boko Haram and marauding herdsmen are out to Islamise and 'Fulanise' the country and the entire West Africa.
Legit.ng gathered that in its response, the coalition believes this is another coy by the “professional rabble-rouser” to cause friction in the much-admired relationship between Christians and Muslims.
The group further alleged that Obasanjo’s secondary aim was to pitch the south against the north, which would lead to massive deaths. These concerns were brought to the fore in a press conference on Monday, May 20, in Abuja.
According to Sabo Odeh, the group’s convener, the estranged former president could have more mischief under his sleeves hence Nigerians shouldn’t be surprised.
The statement read in part: “We are aware that Obasanjo suffers from intermittent depression brought on by his failure wasted years in office as a president that did not do enough to positively impact the life of Nigerians.
“It is important that Nigerians do not allow Obasanjo to lead the country into crisis, which is his age long ambition. We are not strangers to his many failed letters and antics in the run up to the general elections, how he tried to appropriate even the name of our group in his desperate bid rally Nigerians behind his destabilization agenda. It took the maturity of Nigerians to see through his duplicity at that time."
According to the group, the era of Obasnjo fooling the people is over. The group said the ex-president can only fool a few people once in a while as Nigerians are wiser.
In terms of his alleged Islamisation of the country, the group revealed that had Obasanjo done the right thing when he was in office, the then dubious governors that toyed with Sharia rule would not have had the fertile ground to sow the seed of controversy that is today bearing the fruits of extremism and radicalization.
“He ignored them and allowed them to set the country on the tortuous part it today threads. The poverty he laid the foundation for remains the foundation of the huge recruitment.
"We state unequivocally that the ex-president is playing a game. He knows exactly where he is going which is not far from the agenda to disintegrate the country at all cost. We have seen this pattern in the assertions of those that have come out to support his evil position.
"It is for this reason that we declare that Obasanjo owes Nigerians and the rest of the world more explanation to shed light on his aims, intentions and objectives why he made such evil pronouncement that is now dividing the country. Let him come out to tell the world about his evil plan in details."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Obasanjo was advised by a former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, against transforming himself into a religious and ethnic bigot because of his disappointment with the current administration.
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