- Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed deep sadness and embarrassment at the current state of Nigeria's affairs
- Obasanjo described the country's economy as a basket case under President Buhari's administration
- The former military leader also worried about the disunity and drift towards a failed state
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Former Nigerian leader, Olusegun Obasanjo, has unleashed a fresh volley of attacks on the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, over his handling of the country's affairs.
Daily Trust reports that Obasanjo warned that Nigeria is fast drifting towards a failed state under the administration of President Buhari.
Obasanjo was said to have made the claim during a speech titled 'Moving Nigeria Away From Tipping Over' which he delivered at a dialogue in Abuja, the federal capital.
The event was said to have held behind closed doors between Wednesday, September 9 and Thursday, September in the Federal Capital Territory.
The former president expressed sadness at the divided state of the nation and charged that necessary steps have to be taken to prevent the situation from deteriorating further.
“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.
Obasanjo described Nigeria's current state as saddening and embarrassing to citizens. The economy, he said, is now a basket case.
"I do appreciate that you all feel sad and embarrassed as most of us feel as Nigerians with the situation we find ourselves in.
"Today, Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state, economically our country is becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world, and socially, we are firming up as an unwholesome and insecure country."
Legit.ng notes that Obasanjo's words came just days after protests broke out across the nation over the recent hike in electricity and petrol tariffs.
The citizens say the new tariffs would make current harsh life harder but the President Buhari's party says he is working for the good of Nigerians after opposition party ran down economy.
Legit.ng reported recently that Obasanjo tackled President Buhari over rising insecurity in the country.
He faulted the current security structure under Buhari, noting that “criminality has become the order of the day”.
Obasanjo made the assertion during a speech he delivered at the 2020 Sobo Sowemimo Annual Lecture in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
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