President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide Femi Adesina says former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s opinion on the state of the nation cannot be taken as the gospel truth any longer because he (Obasanjo) has a “political position.”
Concise News reports that Obasanjo, a critic of the Buhari administration, in a letter released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, this week, expressed worry over insecurity, notably the clashes between herdsmen and farmers, in Nigeria.
The former Nigerian leader called on Buhari to take decisive action to prevent the situation from escalating into a full-blown crisis.
“I am very much worried and afraid that we are on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay. Without being immodest, as a Nigerian who still bears the scar of the Nigerian civil war on my body and with a son who bears the scar of fighting Boko Haram on his body, you can understand, I hope, why I am so concerned,” part of the letter read.
He also said, “We need cohesion and concentration of effort and maximum force – political, economic, social, psychological and military – to deal successfully with the menace of criminality and terrorism separately and together. Blame game among own forces must be avoided. It is debilitating and only helpful to our adversary.”
But the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Adesina, faulted Obasanjo in an interview with The Crest online newspaper.
Adesina said: “Whatever former President Obasanjo says now cannot be taken as neutral. It cannot be taken as something from a disinterested party because he has a political position where he anchors everything he says. His opinion then cannot be taken as the gospel truth any longer.
“It can only be the opinion of one man and he has the right to that opinion.”
Adesina said the security situation in Nigeria was better than the case in 2015, adding that Buhari had made a “big difference” in addressing security challenges nationwide.
He said, “In 2015, do you know how many bombs went off daily in this country? Yes, daily! And with scores dead in different parts of the country!
“It happened in the North-East; happened in the North-West; happened in the North-Central. Abuja, the federal capital, was not immune from it. But, that has largely been reduced.
“You hardly hear of those bombs going off again because the government has made a big difference. Now, we have challenges in other areas-kidnapping, armed banditry, armed robbery, and all that. Yes, there are challenges but government exists to solve challenges. And this government is doing its best to solve the challenges.”
“People also exaggerate things for political reasons. We are not saying those challenges are not there. Of course, they are there.”