In the words as contains in the Labour Law “Keeping Quiet Is Criminality Against Humanity. Chief Olusegun Obasanja in his usual outspoken characteristics of saying it as he sees it on the affairs of a Nigeria Nation, the Federal Government was unsparing yesterday of former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his remarks in which he imputed ethnocentrism and -religious motive to Boko Haram insurgency and Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Obasanjo had decried the insecurity in Nigeria, stressing that the Federal Government alone cannot tackle the menace. He said Boko Haram and Herdsmen’s violence thrive because they were not urgently tackled at the beginning.
Specifically, Obasanjo said: “They have both incubated and developed beyond what Nigeria can handle alone. They are now combined and internationalised with ISIS in control.
“It is no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youths in Nigeria, which it began as; it is now West African Fulanisation, African Islamisation and global organised crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change.”
But the government said the former leader got his facts wrong.
Information, Culture & Tourim Minister Lai Mohammed described as “tragic that a man who fought to keep Nigeria one is the same one seeking to exploit the country’s fault lines to divide it in the twilight of his life”.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the minister noted that Boko Haram and ISWAP are terrorist organisations, care little about ethnicity or religion when perpetrating their senseless killings and destruction.
In the statement signed by his media aide Segun Adeyemi, the minister described Obasanjo’s comment as “deeply offensive and patently divisive”, adding that such indiscreet comments are far below the status of an elder statesman.
He said: “Since the Boko Haram crisis, which had been simmering under the watch of Obasanjo, boiled over in 2009, the terrorist organisation has killed more Muslims than adherents of any other religion, blown up more mosques than any other houses of worship and is not known to have spared any victim on the basis of their ethnicity.
“It is therefore absurd to say that Boko Haram and its ISWAP variant have as their goal the ‘Fulanisation and Islamisation’ of Nigeria, West Africa or Africa.”