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Barely 24 hours after former President Olusegun Obasanjo asked him to end insecurity nationwide in an open letter, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, said only unpatriotic Nigerians would blame him for the current security challenges facing the country.
Apparently worried by the level of insecurity in the country, Obasanjo had in an open letter on Monday, criticized the federal government’s handling of killings across the country even as he called for a national dialogue to address the insecurity.
Obasanjo, had also called on the Presidency to take decisive action, saying: “To be explicit and without equivocation, Mr. President and General, I am deeply worried about four avoidable calamities: abandoning Nigeria into the hands of criminals who are all being suspected, rightly or wrongly, as Fulanis and terrorists of Boko Haram type.
“Spontaneous or planned reprisal attacks against Fulanis which may inadvertently or advertently mushroom into pogrom or Rwanda-type genocide that we did not believe could happen and yet it happened.
“Similar attacks against any other tribe or ethnic group anywhere in the country initiated by rumours, fears, intimidation and revenge capable of leading to pogrom;
“Violent uprising beginning from one section of the country and spreading quickly to other areas and leading to dismemberment of the country”.
However, Buhari while playing host to the national executives of the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) in the State House, Abuja on Tuesday said: “Those criticizing the cases of insecurity in the country are not patriotic Nigerians” though he did not specifically mention Obasanjo’s name.
According to him, most countries around the globe are facing one security challenge or the other hence the situation was not peculiar to Nigeria.
The national co-ordinator of the BCO, Danladi Pasali who led other members on courtesy call to the President, said Nigerians ought to appreciate the fact that security situation has improved compared to what obtained prior to Buhari’s coming in 2015.
He said in the past there was general apprehension in the country, such that people were afraid to go to church or participate in most social activities.
He said now that Buhari has secured a second term in office, they were optimistic that he would confront the prevailing security challenges headlong to address it.