Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, links the protracting insurgency in the country to the aftermath of the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday, blamed insecurity in the country on access to weapons after the Nigerian civil war.
The ex-president stated this in his capacity as Chairman while speaking virtually at the 2022 annual lecture of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation with the theme, ‘Beyond Boko Haram: Addressing insurgency, banditry and kidnapping across Nigeria’.
Obasanjo stated that beyond the crisis caused by the controversial Sharia law, unemployment was also contributing to insurgency in northern Nigeria.
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He added that his fear about Boko Haram had materialised with the group’s links to international terrorists organisations.
Obasanjo said: “The insecurity in the country was caused by the ease of access to weapons after the civil war, and since then, we have been unable to address the issue; it keeps getting worse.”
He advised that more attention should be paid to out-of-school children in the country as they constituted more threat to the country in the future.