The Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to heed the advice of a former President Olusegun Obasanjo on tackling insecurity in the country.
This charge came from the National Chairman of the group Sale Bayari in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
According to him, “In moving the nation forward, the government must listen to some elder statesmen irrespective of whatever their political views or affiliation is.
“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is one of them. I have found out that if any government in Africa is to tap one-third of what is in the brain of Obasanjo and use it, Africa will be better. Similarly, West Africa and Nigeria will be better for it.
“Obasanjo knows our problem; and then whenever he talks and explodes sometimes, I have found out that it is because he has made efforts to be listened to without success. He will then feel that posterity will judge him harshly if he does not come out to tell Nigerians and the world the truth of things.
“Undoubtedly, Obasanjo is an embodiment of knowledge, experience and he knows very well the problem of our country, Nigeria. There is nobody dead or alive today that thinks the way Obasanjo does or knows what Obasanjo knows.
“He knows Nigeria, Africa and the entire world like the back of his hand. That is why I am advising this government to tap the brains of people like Obasanjo.
“He is a person that can lead the government into looking critically at the problem bedevilling the nation and finding a way forward.
According to him, “We know that government can do and undo, but any government desiring to move forward will require the support of statesmen and nationalists like Obasanjo.
“There are other statesmen the government should listen to; people like Yakubu Gowon, Ango Abdullahi, Sultan of Sokoto, Oni of Ife, Eze of Onitsha, and others. These are people that have this nation at heart and would not want it to disintegrate.
Bayeri noted that “If they put their machinery in place, I bet you that peace and progress will be achieved.
“But unfortunately, nobody is mobilizing them or seeking their input in solving the national crises. These people know what to do or the right people to call, among other things in solving the problems.”