- Some prominent Nigerians are already asking President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the recent warning from Olusegun Obasanjo
- Some of them noted their support for Obasanjo's claim that the country was drifting and is now more divided
- However, the Arewa Consultative Forum headed by former minister Audu Ogbeh, slammed Obasanjo for making the comment
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Reactions have continued to trail the recent warning by former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the current state of the Nigerian nation.
This is as prominent Nigerians have reportedly asked the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to heed the advice sent out by Chief Obasanjo.
Obasanjo had reportedly warned that Nigeria is now more divided than it was in the past. He also said the country was failing and needed to be urgently salvaged.
Elder statesman, Ayo Adebanjo noted that every well-meaning Nigerian will support Obasanjo's statement concerning the country.
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The Nigerian Tribune quoted Adebanjo as saying part of the solutions to the challenge the country is facing is for it to be restructured.
“No honest Nigerian would dispute Obasanjo’s statement that the country is more divided under Buhari.
“The way forward now is to restructure the country back to federalism without further delay before any election is held in the country,” Adebanjo said.
Also, the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has backed Obasanjo on his warning noting that the country has become more divided under Buhari.
Afenifere said this was because the is being ruled by “a leader who is not unifying” it.
On his part, notable historian and head of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC), Professor Banji Akintoye, said the division in the country is now very obvious.
“Yes, that’s true, Obasanjo is right. It’s something that has been coming slowly and slowly but commutatively, the division has been growing steadily, unrelentingly and has now reached the highest level under Buhari.
“if the pot has broken, the pot has broken and nothing anybody could do," he was reported as saying.
A former minister for police affairs, Chief Alaowei Broderick Bozimo, urged President Buhari to heed the warning.
A former member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Bitrus Kaze, declared Obasanjo's statement as the truth adding that some persons in government may not want to take it serious.
"Nothing seems to be working while the common man is going through excruciating pain as a result of some of the policies of government," he was reported as saying.
However, in its reaction, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) chaired by Audu Ogbeh, urged that Obasanjo's statement should be dismissed.
Emmanuel Yawe, spokesperson to the organisation, denied that the country was drifting as claimed by Obasanjo, who, it said, should be at the forefront of salvaging the country and not creating division.
“How does he feel marketing Nigeria this way as a former head of state and president? Somebody who was lucky to be military head of state and president for that matter. He is now saying that the country is moving towards a failed state.
“To us in the ACF, we see his view as nothing but he doesn’t mean well for the country. I think he just wants this country to collapse.
“Agreed there are many problems confronting the country and these problems are like any other country’s, but it is an irresponsible statement coming out from a leader who has once ruled the country," the organisation said.
Legit.ng had reported that Obasanjo recently unleashed a fresh volley of attacks on President Buhari over his handling of the country's affairs.
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