The Buhari Media Organization (BMO) reaffirmed on Tuesday the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to make the country well insured.
BMO said this in a statement signed jointly by its president, Niyi Akinsiju and the secretary, Cassidy Madueke in Abuja, as it reacted to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter about the state of the nation.
According to BMO, Obasanjo had once again demonstrated his propensity for making mischief with his recent letter to Buhari, designed to promote his claim of a Fulanization agenda, reports NAN.
The statement said: “Obasanjo’s attempt to present this mischief as a solution to the security challenge in the country is not only pretentious but also hypocritical.
“The letter was intended to present the Fulani as an ethnic group that harbored some complaints against the Nigerian state that only a national dialogue would help resolve.
“We have seen through the latest deceit of Chief Obasanjo to present Fulani as the” agent provocateur “by putting him in the place of the public accusation with claims of some claims that he insinuated as the cause of banditry, kidnapping and murders in the country.
“What he did with his preamble for a call to a national dialogue is to place the neck of an entire ethnic group on the slab on the basis of what he, as an octogenarian, perfectly knows is a long crisis of farmers and herders.
“However, he tried to put the matter at the door of a president with whom he has fought, saying that the government had been treating him lightly,” the group said.
He added that it was not at all surprising that the former president found a way to drag Buhari into the fray by suggesting “indirect responsibility” and even went so far as to say that “perception can be as powerful as reality sometimes.”
“In essence, it is an extension of a previous letter in which he accused the President of harboring and pursuing an agenda of Fulanization and Islamization that he presented as a solution to the myriad of national problems.”
The group also accused the former president of increasing tension after the tragic murder of Mrs. Funke Olakunri, daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, national leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group Afenifere.
“We are surprised that Obasanjo has made reference to the incident in a way that does not resemble his position as head of government on three occasions, and that he also lends credibility to the theory of the conspiracy launched by Afenifere’s spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, and spread by several other anti-patriotic elements even before, additional facts emerged from eyewitnesses.
“The fact that he alluded to a possible outbreak of violence is an indicator of his warrior mentality, or why a man who prides himself on being the father of modern Nigeria speaks so easily of planned or spontaneous attacks against the Fulani that could lead to a genocide similar to Rwanda?
“Although we see Obasanjo more as an opposition figure than as a former president, however, as many Nigerians have said in response to the letter, he is at a stage in his life where he should be seen playing a more conciliatory role. instead of always playing at the gallery to adapt to his political inclination, “he said.
“According to BMO, it should be under an old Nigerian man who claims to have the scar from the 1967-1970 civil war to fuel ethnic tension under the pretext of seeking the right solution to the problem of insecurity,” he said.
He added that Obasanjo’s inclination for mischief was also shown in the way he suggested a way out, as well as the people he wants the president to invite to a national conference.
“We asked ourselves why Obasanjo could not use his membership in the National Council of State to promote what he considers a solution to the security challenge in such a way that other former presidents could also make suggestions.
“We know that during his years as president, the crises of farmers and pastoralists claimed 50,000 lives alone in Plateau State and that is even according to a government report cited by the BBC.
“It was also within that period that his attorney general and Justice Minister Bola Ige were murdered by gunmen yet to be identified, but there was no evidence that he had yielded to any external suggestion for a security summit,” he said.