- Former chief of defence staff, Lt. General Alani Akinrinade, is unhappy about the way Nigeria is being run by President Buhari
- Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, had said that the country was divided under Buhari's watch
- Akinrinade, however, said that if the injustice in the country is not addressed, there may be no Nigeria
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Apparently dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country, a former chief of defence staff, Lt. General Alani Akinrinade, has sent a crucial message to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the retired army chief advised the president to allow the restructuring of Nigeria now otherwise there may soon be no country.
Legit.ng gathered that he issued the warning on the night of Monday, September 14, at a dinner in Osogbo, the capital of Osun state in honour of the visiting chief of army staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai.
General Akinrinade was chief of army staff from October 1979 to April 1980, and then chief of defence staff until 1981 during the Nigerian second republic.
He said he was disturbed at the pervasive image of the president as an ethnic bigot, asking him to address the structural problems of the country because no nation could survive two civil wars.
“Please, grant me the indulgence to mention to him (Buhari) one or two matters that throw me into distress because of my association with him. The first is this pervasive belief that he is an ethnic bigot, an irredeemable religious fundamentalist, that he firmly subscribes and promotes the possibility of his ethnic Fulani to take over the country, the reason he does not interfere in curbing the brigandage of the Fulani herdsmen, that he has performed woefully in the fight against the terrorist Boko Haram and that he cannot rise to the occasion when it comes to reflecting the heterogeneous composition of our country when it comes to appointments to sensitive positions in his government.
"These are difficult matters that cannot be addressed in the abstract. The whole buck stops on his table. I cannot claim to have adequate information outside what the media and the ubiquitous social media chew out every second. But I know, that you and your brother service chiefs are doing your best within the resources our country can make available to you.
“Let me suggest to him that he needs to shape up, read the riot act to our people, enlist them in unswerving cooperation to participate fully in the redemption of their country. Arms and brutal force is not sufficient to defeat an insurgency.
“I am sure he is aware of the hue and cry from all corners and crannies of our country for secession as if we have not been there before. He needs to stand on his table against the motley crowd of advisers surrounding him and take a firm stand on the reorganization of our country, physically, politically, economically and socially.
"What we simply term as a reorganization in the Armed Forces is what the bloody civilians call restructuring. It is long overdue and over flogged, as if it is such an impossibility, an attempt at which, will balkanize the country. As a matter of fact, it is what is required to move our country out of the doldrums into modernity. He cannot afford to pass it on. We may end up without a country, as no country has been known to survive two civil wars."
Akinrinade said that situation in the country is so dire that in collaboration with unexpected bad weather this year, a famine is imminent.
"We hear we are already borrowing grains from the ECOWAS countries, the immediate result of farmers being forced to abandon their farms.
"I suggest to him to read the riot act to the Fulani herdsmen, that it is not acceptable for any foreigner by whatever name called to enter our country illegally and molest our people. They are not welcome. We should not, by mistake of omission or commission allow our people to degenerate to self-help. It is a sure road to anarchy and perdition, which will not go away,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that five apex socio-political groups in the country fired back at the presidency over its reaction to former president Olusegun Obasanjo's statement on the state of the nation.
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.
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