Obasanjo decries rising insecurity
Unless Nigeria restructures to a true federal state, its collapse is inevitable, warns former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday.
Obasanjo warned that the Buhari administration could no longer afford to keep looking on while the country lapsed into various insurrections and criminalities.
He insists that the Buhari government should restructure the country to assuage ill-feelings from contending interests, even as he expressed worry that the federal government appeared overwhelmed by the state of insecurity in the country.
The former president restated his position while delivering a lecture on “COVID-19 Pandemic and Nigeria Security Issues”, at the 2020 Sobo Sowemimo Annual Lecture, organised by Abeokuta Club in Abeokuta.
Obasanjo said the growing incidence of insurgent attacks, cattle rustling, kidnapping, robberies and the like, were a clear indication that all was not well with Nigeria.
“Let me lay more emphasis on the issue of security, which, in itself, is serious enough to make restructuring imperative.
“The South-West governors cried out and devised ‘Amotekun’ as a solution or part-solution. We are yet to see how successfully that will be operated.
“Other zones are clamouring for a solution because in no state and in no geopolitical zone is life and property safe and secure.
“Criminality is the order of the day. And it cuts across the entire nation,” he said.
Continuing, he said: “Insecurity is one issue of commonality among Nigerians, no matter their tribe, language, religion, geographical location, gender, age or social position.
“If we are all held hostage by criminality of Boko Haram, terrorists, herdsmen/farmers, bandits, kidnappers, militants, armed robbers, then we all have common ground to seek common solution by putting aside governance collapse, incompetence, failure, insincerity and insensitivity and chart a new stable, enduring and generally sustainable basis and platform for the Nigeria federation.”
He added: “My personal conviction is that with the experience we have had operating the current Constitution where we have seen some important aspects of the Constitution being breached willfully and wantonly, and with the centre seemingly being overwhelmed by the issue of security, with crying need from different quarters for reform of the basic structure of Nigeria’s federating units, there is need for the repositioning of our country for the purpose of unity, equity, competence, good governance, security, stability, healthy competition, justice, fast socio-economic development and making Nigeria undisputed regional leader.”