Nigeria News: When Not To Take Obasanjo’s Advice
Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has received serious attack since he advised Buhari on meeting Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader, Nigeria News examine the fallouts.
Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has been on the receiving end in the last few days. He is being criticized for offering a gentleman advice to President Muhammadu Buhari over the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra in Abia State, IPOB.
The Federal Government through the Nigerian Army had deployed troops with the code name Operation Python Dance II to Umuahia, the country home of the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu to maintain law and order.
The invasion of the soldiers, expectedly, led to some sorts of human right abuses as a result of their overzealousness and of course the illegality of the IPOB members.
The use of force in Umuahia attracted both negative and positive comments, mostly on the social media even when the Nigerian Army denied some of the allegation against it.
IPOB had since been proscribed while the army had also designated it as a terrorist organization. During this crisis, Obasanjo had posited that it would have been better for Buhari to meet with Kanu instead of deploying soldiers to the place.
To Obasanjo, the government had not employed all dialogue avenues to resolve the grievances of the Biafra agitators before using force.
He said that he would have loved to meet with Kanu personally to ask him about his worries rather than sniffing him out of his residence in Umuahia.
It sounds unbelievable that such advice had come from Obasanjo whose regime was marred with impunity and human right abuses.
Obasanjo’s deployment of soldiers to level Odi, a community in Bayelsa State lingers in the memory of Nigerians. Obasanjo arrested, detained and prosecuted many agitators against court order.
As a matter of fact, most Nigerians still regard Obasanjo as intolerant and undemocratic leader judging by his use of brutal force to rule.
Obasanjo has been very close to Buhari but his recent utterances are suggest that he is not happy with the way things are going with the country.
Recently, Obasanjo said that the fact that the economy of Nigeria was not looking good showed that Buhari was not strong in that area. He also said that Buhari is not strong on foreign affairs but that the president had shown good strength on security.
With the latest view of Obasanjo on Buhari’s security tactics, the ex-president may have goofed. The Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina said that Obasanjo had only expressed his opinion and it did not amount to order or instruction to be followed by the Federal Government.
But to human right activist and lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, ex-president Obasanjo should apologise to Nigerians instead of postulating an idea that he never used during his own regime to Buhari.
He reminded Obasanjo about the massacre in Odi and various arrest and detain of agitators across the country between 1999 and 2007 of his administration.
However, Falana advised the Federal Government not to throw away Obasanjo’s advice, there must be a reason behind it.
“Having used the tactics during his regime and did not work, Obasanjo may have learnt new ways of resolving this kind of problem,” he said.