Former President Olusegun Obasanjo recently expressed his concern and fear for the country. According to him, “Nigeria will eventually crumble under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari”.
The former President made this disclosure at Frederick Fasehun 1st Memorial Lecture on Saturday. He stated that there is still a window of opportunity to end a “very possible and indeed likely agitation for self-determination which will be violent, chaotic and all-empowering.”
Obasanjo also made reference to those beating “drums of war and domination“, recalling how the they almost lost the Biafran war which lasted for thirty months. He insisted that Nigeria may not survive another civil war.
“NIGERIA BELONGS TO ALL NIGERIANS ON THE BASIS OF FREEDOM, EQUALITY, EQUITY, JUSTICE, PEACE, SECURITY, COOPERATION, RESPECT, SHARED VALUES AND SHARED PROSPERITY.
“IF THESE FACTORS ARE REMOVED, NIGERIA FALLS TO PIECES. BUT BEFORE ITS TOO LATE, LET US MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.
“THESE PEOPLE SPEAKING THE TRUTH ARE THEY REALLY ENEMIES OF THE GOVERNMENT? ARE APOLOGISTS JUST TELLING THE PRESIDENT WHAT THEY BELIEVE HE WANTS TO HEAR? DO THEY BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE BEING FAIR TO NIGERIANS AND INDEED TO PRESIDENT BUHARI? DID THEY FORGET THAT THERE IS A DAY OF JUDGEMENT WHEN THEY HAVE TO STAND BEFORE GOD?
AND DO THEY CONSIDER THE PRESENT SITUATION AS THE BEST FOR NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS?
“TODAY, THE AGITATION HAS MOVED UP TO RESTRUCTURING.
COURTESY OF BUHARI’S ADMINISTRATION, ITS DISPENSATION AND ALL.
WITH THE FRACTIONAL POLITICAL DIVISION, POOR MANAGEMENT OF THE ECONOMY, NON-PROTECTING SECURITY AND THE POLITICS OF UNCERTAINTY IN THE LAND.
WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW THE RESTRUCTURING AGITATION TO DEGENERATE TO SELF-DETERMINATION AGITATION.
“THERE IS STILL A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO END A POSSIBLE AND INDEED LIKELY AGITATION FOR SELF-DETERMINATION THAT WILL BE VIOLENT, CHAOTIC, DESTRUCTIVE AND ALL-EMPOWERING.
WE HAVE DESCENDED TO LACK OF CIVILITY BORDERING ON UNCIVILISATION, INDIGNITY, MUTUAL DISRESPECT AND CRUDITY IN THE LANGUAGE OF OUR DEBATE, DIALOGUE, DISCOURSE, COMMENTS AND REMARKS ACROSS TRIBE, RELIGION, ETHNICITY AND COMMUNITY.
IF NOT STOPPED, IT WILL DEGENERATE AND POISON THE ATMOSPHERE TO THE CRUCIAL POINT AND POINT OF NO RETURN.