- The criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari by former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is still a trending topic
- Northern Youth Assembly has condemned the comments of Obasanjo who implied that Buhari has nothing more to offer Nigerians
- The group stated that the former president has no moral right to criticise Buhari because he did not do any better during his time in office
FCT, Abuja - The Northern Youth Assembly (NYA) has berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obasanjo had, at a retreat in Abuja on Monday, December 13 said Buhari had done the best he could and that expecting him to do anything more is akin to beating a dead horse.
But in a statement sent to Legit.ng by one of its spokespersons, Mohammed Hussani Bauchi, the NYA said Obasanjo's criticism was not done in good faith.
The group said such comment from the ex-president would mount additional pressure on the already fragile state of politics and insecurity in Nigeria.
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Part of the statement read:
“Such apparent wickedness and evil intentions to this country are known to many.
“His performance record and corrupt precedents have for long denied him any inviolability to speak from a moral prism on the present happenings in the country.
“A glance at some of his personal characters to the administration while he was in office would forever remind some of us, the personality of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo and what he represents.”
Meanwhile, respected journalist and publisher, Jaafar Jaafar has stated that Obasanjo was a better president than Buhari.
In a Facebook post, Jafaar wrote:
“During the April 2007 Panshekara Taliban attack, Obasanjo did not rely on what top military officers told him at emergency security meetings, he spoke to the field commanders – mostly captains – directly at the battlefield.
“But here we are today with a sitting duck leader, a drab puppet, and the worst security manager Nigeria ever had.”
Group to Buhari: Strengthen DIA to win war against insurgency, banditry
Recall that a coalition of Civil Society Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to strengthen the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) in order to win the war against insurgency and banditry in Nigeria.
A statement sent to Legit.ng jointly signed by, Dr. Aliyu Bello of Peace and Conflict Resolution Initiative and Ambassador Jude Uchenna of Alliance for Justice and Peace gave the advice to the president.
The group noted that the failure of the DIA in providing links that will lead the troops on the battlefield as well as rancour within the military hierarchy has affected the fight against insurgency and banditry.
Group blames intelligence failure for the increase in terrorists, bandits' attacks
Earlier, a coalition of 76 NGOs and civil society activists knocked the intelligence arms of the military and the Department of State Security Services for continued attacks on military formations and other infrastructure of the state by terrorists.
The activists also lamented over the kidnapping and robbery by bandits saying the attacks were not only a setback to the war against insecurity but a blatant embarrassment to the armed forces and Nigeria in general.
The group particularly made reference to the recent kidnapping of travellers in broad daylight along Abuja-Kaduna road, an attack in Borno that resulted in the killing of an army chief and three other soldiers, and several others as clear instances of intelligence failure.