Storm over Obasanjo’s stance on ‘Fulanisation’ agenda

LAGOS—SOME northern leaders, yesterday, gave former President Olusegun Obasanjo exhausting knocks over his feedback that the Boko Haram insurgency was not about lack of jobs for teenagers however a full blown ‘Fulanisation’ of West Africa, Islamisation of Africa and international organised crimes.

Giving the keynote handle on the 2019 Synod of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, held in Oleh, Isoko South Native Council of Delta State, weekend, Obasanjo mentioned: ‘’It’s not a difficulty of lack of training and lack of employment for our youths in Nigeria, which it started as, it’s now West African Fulanisation, African Islamisation and international organised crimes of human trafficking, cash laundering, drug trafficking, unlawful mining and regime change.’’

The previous president’s feedback elicited harsh criticisms from northern leaders comparable to former Governor of Jigawa State, Malam Sule Lamido; Second Republic lawmaker, Dr Junaid Mohammed; and Second Republic Governor of outdated Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa.

Nevertheless, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere; apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo; the Pan Niger Delta Discussion board, PANDEF; former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode; and former Political Adviser to the President, Mr. Akin Osuntokun, mentioned Obasanjo was rigth.

You’re a statesman, don’t be a bigot, Lamido replies Obasanjo

Reacting to the feedback, Sule Lamido suggested Obasanjo to not permit his disappointment with the present administration to show him to a non secular and ethnic bigot and urged him to withdraw the assertion credited to him that Boko Haram has an agenda of ‘Fulanization and Islamization’ of West Africa.

Lamido, a political ally of Obasanjo, acknowledged this in a press assertion by his media aide, Mansur Ahmad.

Former President Obasanjo had additionally mentioned that “the dual evils of Boko Haram and marauding cattle herders had been initially handled with child gloves.’’

Averring that Obasanjo’s assertion was improper for a nationalist and shouldn’t have come from the previous president, Lamido mentioned: “If it had been mentioned at a non-religious venue to a non-religious viewers, could also be; it may need been extra tolerable.

“Please sir, don’t let your disappointment with sitting presidents flip you right into a bigot. It’s essential to not abandon the nationwide stage. The cracks alongside the assorted divides in our Nationwide cohesion are already turning into enormous gorges.”Lamido doesn’t perceive what bigot means – Afenifere

Choosing holes in Lamido’s assertion, Afenifere mentioned the previous governor doesn’t perceive what bigot means, including that Obasanjo was proper.

Afenifere’s Nationwide Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin mentioned: “Does he perceive the which means of the phrase bigot? What’s Boko Haram doing totally different from what Obasanjo painted? Nigeria is at present the third most terrorised nation globally after Iraq and Afghanistan. If he has briefings from Boko Haram on their agenda aside from what Obasanjo mentioned, he ought to share such with a traumatised nation. If he failed to take action, he’s simply being insensitive.”

Lamido ought to inform us if he now speaks for Boko Haram – Osuntokun

Additionally lampooning Lamido, Mr. Akin Osuntokun, a former Political Adviser to former President Obasanjo, mentioned: “If the one side of the publication he learn was restricted to the sensational headlines, then he has some extent. If, nonetheless, he took his time and settled all the way down to learn the whole lot of the report I doubt he’ll attain the identical conclusion.

“Obasanjo addressed himself to the actions of Boko Haram and if Lamido has a special understanding of the mission of the terrorists he ought to educate us on such. He must also tell us if he now speaks for Boko Haram, in any other case it’s obscure the platform he stands to play the lead advocate of an organisation ranked the third most threatening terrorist group on the earth.”

Obasanjo is being mischievous – Balarabe Musa

Peeved by the previous president’s assertion, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, who famous that Obasanjo is effectively knowledgeable about Boko haram insurgency than any common Nigerian, mentioned: “Obasanjo is being mischievous as a result of he is aware of about Boko haram greater than common Nigerians. There’s nothing to point out that the rebel group needs to Islamise Nigeria. Why ought to he say such factor now? So, he’s fallacious and a confusionist.”

Obasanjo needs to set Nigeria on hearth – Junaid Mohammed

In like method, Dr. Junaid Mohammed mentioned: “I’ve no selection however to sentence his language, the circumstances and the selection of place for such a press release. I imagine an individual, who was a President ought to be very cautious in regards to the form of language to make use of when addressing very important nationwide points. What Obasanjo mentioned was a lie. His intention is to set this nation on hearth. Any time Obasanjo seemed for one thing and he didn’t get it, he used abusive language to scale back what he seemed for. He needs to play one part of the nation in opposition to the opposite. The folks being killed are primarily Muslims within the North and they’re individuals who don’t have anything to do with the contentious points within the nation.

“Each Nigerian chief ought to be blamed for the mess we discovered ourselves in. We should blame in totality, the so referred to as political class, who haven’t dealt with the financial system and politics effectively. They’ve been very divisive of their methods. However for Obasanjo to say that some individuals are attempting to islamise anybody is fallacious. I’m a kind of, who come from a household that doesn’t exit to transform anybody. ‘’Clearly, Obasanjo is mendacity and if Obasanjo abuses anybody, I’ll encourage the individual to revenge. I recall that I and the late Dr. Bala Usman had gone to warning him to not become involved with the Sharia factor that was being launched then. We informed him to permit Muslims to deal with it, insisting that if he bought concerned, a brand new dimension that might not serve the nation effectively can be launched. We even informed the late Bola Ige to warning him in opposition to it.”

Obasanjo’s warnings ought to be taken significantly – Fani-Kayode

Berating Lamido, Fani-Kayode, in a press release, yesterday mentioned: ‘’President Olusegun Obasanjo stays the one politically lively southern and Center Belt chief that understands what is basically occurring, the grave hazard that we’re in and what lies forward. He’s deeply brave and his newest contribution that there’s an agenda to Fulanise West Africa and Islamise Africa says all of it.

‘’Obasanjo wants say no extra. Historical past and posterity can be type to him for talking the bitter reality and saying what virtually each different southern and Center Belt politician and chief is aware of to be true however is just too timid and too scared to say publicly.

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