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|Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by Nobody: 6:10pm On Jul 15, 2019|
I am constrained to write to you this open letter. I decided to make it an open letter because the issue is very weighty and must be greatly worrisome to all concerned Nigerians and that means all right-thinking Nigerians and those resident in Nigeria. Since the issue is of momentous concern to all well-meaning and all right-thinking Nigerians, it must be of great concern to you, and collective thinking and dialoguing is the best way of finding an appropriate and adequate solution to the problem. The contents of this letter, therefore, should be available to all those who can help in proffering effective solutions for the problem of insecurity in the land.
One of the spinoffs and accelerants is the misinformation and disinformation through the use of fake news. A number of articles, in recent days, have been attributed to me by some people who I believe may be seeking added credence and an attentive audience for their opinions and viewpoints. As you know very well, I will always boldly own what I say and disown what is put into my mouth. But the issue I am addressing here is very serious; it is the issue of life and death for all of us and for our dear country, Nigeria. This issue can no longer be ignored, treated with nonchalance, swept under the carpet or treated with cuddling glove.
The issue is hitting at the foundation of our existence as Nigerians and fast eroding the root of our Nigerian community. 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. When people are desperate and feel that they cannot have confidence in the ability of government to provide security for their lives and properties, they will take recourse to anything and everything that can guarantee their security individually and collectively.
For over ten years, for four of which you have been the captain of the ship, Boko Haram has menacingly ravaged the land and in spite of government’s claim of victory over Boko Haram, the potency and the activities of Boko Haram, where they are active, remain undiminished, putting lie to government’s claim. The recent explanation of the Chief of Army Staff for non-victory due to lack of commitment and lack of motivation on the part of troops bordering on sabotage speaks for itself. Say what you will, Boko Haram is still a daily issue of insecurity for those who are victimised, killed, maimed, kidnapped, raped, sold into slavery and forced into marriage and for children forcibly recruited into carrying bombs on them to detonate among crowds of people to cause maximum destructions and damage. And Boko Haram will not go away on the basis of sticks alone, carrots must overweigh sticks. How else do you deal with issues such as only about 50% literacy in North-East with over 70% unemployment?
Herdsmen/farmers crises and menace started with government treating the issue with cuddling glove instead of hammer. It has festered and spread. Today, it has developed into banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and killings all over the country. The unfortunate situation is that the criminality is being perceived as a ‘Fulani’ menace unleashed by Fulani elite in the different parts of the country for a number of reasons but even more, unfortunately, many Nigerians and non-Nigerians who are friends of Nigeria attach vicarious responsibility to you as a Fulani elite and the current captain of the Nigeria ship. Perception may be as potent as reality at times. Whatever may be the grievances of Fulanis, if any, they need to be put out in the open and their grievances, if legitimate, be addressed; and if other ethnic groups have grievances, let them also be brought out in the open and addressed through debate and dialogue.
The main issue, if I may dare say, is poor management or mismanagement of diversity which, on the other hand, is one of our greatest and most important assets. As a result, very onerous cloud is gathering. And rain of destruction, violence, disaster and disunity can only be the outcome. Nothing should be taken for granted, the clock is ticking with the cacophony of dissatisfaction and disaffection everywhere in and outside the country. The Presidency and the Congress in the US have signalled to us to put our house in order. The House of Lords in the UK had debated the Nigerian security situation. We must understand and appreciate the significance, implication and likely consequences of such concerns and deliberations.
No one can stop hate speech, violent agitation and smouldering violent agitation if he fans the embers of hatred, disaffection and violence. It will continue to snowball until it is out of control. A stitch in time saves nine, goes the old wise saying.
With the death of Funke, Chief Fasoranti’s daughter, some sympathetic Nigerian groups are saying “enough is enough”. Prof. Anya, a distinguished Nigerian merit Laureate, has this to say “We can no longer say with certainty that we have a nation”. Niger-Delta leaders, South-Eastern leaders, Middle-Belt leaders and Northern Elders Forum have not remained quiet. Different ordinary Nigerians at home and abroad are calling for different measures to address or ameliorate the situation. All the calls and cries can only continue to be ignored at the expense of Nigerian unity, if not its continued existence.
To be explicit and without equivocation, Mr. President and General, I am deeply worried about four avoidable calamities:
1. abandoning Nigeria into the hands of criminals who are all being suspected, rightly or wrongly, as Fulanis and terrorists of Boko Haram type;
2. 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.
3. 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;
4. violent uprising beginning from one section of the country and spreading quickly to other areas and leading to dismemberment of the country.
It happened to Yugoslavia not too long ago. If we do not act now, one or all of these scenarios may happen. We must pray and take effective actions at the same time. The initiative is in the hands of the President of the nation, but he cannot do it alone. In my part of the world, if you are sharpening your cutlass and a mad man comes from behind to take the cutlass from you, you need other people’s assistance to have your cutlass back without being harmed. The mad men with serious criminal intent and terrorism as core value have taken cutlass of security. The need for assistance to regain control is obviously compelling and must be embraced now.
A couple of weeks ago at a public lecture, I had said, among other things, that:
“In all these issues of mobilisation for national unity, stability, security, cooperation, development, growth and progress, there is no consensus. Like in the issue of security, government should open up discussion, debate and dialogue as part of consultation at different levels and the outcome of such deliberations should be collated to form inputs into a national conference to come up with the solution that will effectively deal with the issues and lead to rapid development, growth and progress which will give us a wholesome society and enhanced living standard and livelihood in an inclusive and shared society. It will be a national programme. We need unity of purpose and nationally accepted strategic roadmap that will not change with whims and caprices of any government. It must be owned by the citizens, people’s policy and strategy implemented by the government no matter its colour and leaning.
Some of the groups that I will suggest to be contacted are: traditional rulers, past heads of service (no matter how competent or incompetent they have been and how much they have contributed to the mess we are in), past heads of para-military organisations, private sector, civil society, community leaders particularly in the most affected areas, present and past governors, present and past local government leaders, religious leaders, past Heads of State, past intelligence chiefs, past Heads of Civil Service and relevant current and retired diplomats, members of opposition and any groups that may be deemed relevant.”
The President must be seen to be addressing this issue with utmost seriousness and with maximum dispatch and getting all hands on deck to help. If there is failure, the principal responsibility will be that of the President and no one else. 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. We cannot dither anymore. It is time to confront this threat headlong and in a manner that is holistic, inclusive and purposeful.
For the sake of Nigeria and Nigerians, I pray that God may grant you, as our President, the wisdom, the understanding, the political will and the courage to do what is right when it is right and without fear or favour. May God save, secure, protect and bless Nigeria. May He open to us a window of opportunity that we can still use to prevent the worst happening. As we say in my village, “May God forbid bad thing”.
July 15, 2019
Special Assistant Media.
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by Rollsnjaguar(m): 6:39pm On Jul 15, 2019|
The message is delivered, well articulated.
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by AntiWailer: 6:41pm On Jul 15, 2019|
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by Racoon(m): 6:46pm On Jul 15, 2019|
"Any nation that does not obeys the rule of law is a jungle"-GEJ.
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by bid4rich(m): 6:49pm On Jul 15, 2019|
Let someone help him read and summarise to him, maybe in Hausa language because the last one has no effect
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by alphaNomega: 6:59pm On Jul 15, 2019|
You know when Amaechi (former Rivers state governor ) and Buhari threatened to make Nigeria ungovernable for GEJ, Amaechi even went as far as saying they will run a parallel government, Boko Haram was their end game.
Unfortunately for them, they won the elections and could no longer engage the armed militia they've prepped for destruction.
Now even low budget miscreants are cashing in on the chaos to make the country unsafe.
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by Racoon(m): 7:31pm On Jul 15, 2019|
"...The Nigerian public has been made to believe that the slow pace of action of the Federal Government headed by Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was due to the enormity of the problems left by the last civilian administration."The Coup Speech That Overthrow Buhari on 27th.Aug. 1985.Same scenario in 1983-85, same today and same shall it remain until this catastrophe is kicked out just as IBB/Abacha also alleged then.
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by olawalepopoola: 8:24pm On Jul 15, 2019|
No matter how bad OBJ may be he has spoken the minds of millions of Nigeria. Not a single piece of land in any part of Southern Nigeria will be given to the Caliphate.
Southern leaders regardless of their differences must unite and protect their God given lands and resources. This is the best opportunity for the south to regain the needed freedom from the forceful amalgamation of 1914 imposed by Britain.
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by forgiveness: 8:39pm On Jul 15, 2019|
|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by Nobody: 8:28am On Jul 16, 2019|
Buhari government is calamitous. I have never known that fulani herdsmen assassinate and kidnap until one of their own became President of the Federal republic. They have grown in leap and bounds in their dastard acts of killing, raping, maiming since 2015.
I will always say it, Obasanjo and the PDP brought us to where we are today. If PDP had taken their golden chance as captain of the ship of Nigerian state with utmost seriousness in addressing burning national issues, nobody will clamour for change in 2015. Eventually we entered one chance... kinda change.
However, let's pay attention to the message and forget about the messanger. Well articulated piece from OBJ, but I remembered Jonathan said living in Aso Villa is like living in a cage, I hope those managing the cage will let the Oga at the top hear what the pulse of the nation is. Obj just spoke the mind of majority of Nigerian...
Meanwhile.... make I continue my snooring until fake change turn to real change (Not when Atiku comes oh..)
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by otokx(m): 8:31am On Jul 16, 2019|
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by Samunique(m): 8:49am On Jul 16, 2019|
In my part of the world, if you are sharpening your cutlass and a mad man comes from behind to take the cutlass from you, you need other people’s assistance to have your cutlass back without being harmed. The mad men with serious criminal intent and terrorism as core value have taken cutlass of security. The need for assistance to regain control is obviously compelling and must be embraced now.
Nigeria really needs help .
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by iJhoe(m): 8:52am On Jul 16, 2019|
In Obasanjo's word "a battle long forewarned does not embroil a cripple nor catch him unawares"
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by deboysben(m): 9:01am On Jul 16, 2019|
Osinbajo is a disgrace
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by Samunique(m): 9:07am On Jul 16, 2019|
|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by nwakaibe(m): 9:23am On Jul 16, 2019|
FROM THE ARCHIVES: CHINUA ACHEBE'S LETTER TO OBASANJO (2004)
My Dear President Obasanjo,
I write this letter with a very heavy heart. For some time now I have watched events in Nigeria with alarm and dismay. I have watched particularly the chaos in my own state of Anambra where a small clique of renegades, openly boasting its connections in high places, seems determined to turn my homeland into a bankrupt and lawless fiefdom. I am appalled by the brazenness of this clique and the silence, if not connivance, of the Presidency.
Forty three years ago, at the first anniversary of Nigeria’s independence I was given the first Nigerian National Trophy for Literature. In 1979, I received two further honors – the Nigerian National Order of Merit and the Order of the Federal Republic – and in 1999 the first National Creativity Award.
I accepted all these honors fully aware that Nigeria was not perfect; but I had a strong belief that we would outgrow our shortcomings under leaders committed to uniting our diverse peoples.
Nigeria’s condition today under your watch is, however, too dangerous for silence. I must register my disappointment and protest by declining to accept the high honor awarded me in the 2004 Honors List.
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Where is Obasanjo's reply to the above letter?
|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by Ogaga87(m): 9:34am On Jul 16, 2019|
I know touching Obj would cause mayhem but at this point where a lot of grieving is running in the minds of top Yoruba leaders, touching that man will just scatter, scatter everything..
Note this, the statement of ASIWAJU has increased more love for OBJ from the Yorubas
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by RDPMAN: 9:35am On Jul 16, 2019|
|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by abdulazeez1002(m): 9:35am On Jul 16, 2019|
|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by Nobody: 9:35am On Jul 16, 2019|
I hope someone reads it to him and interprets so that he understands
|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by enemyofprogress: 9:35am On Jul 16, 2019|
Obasanjo just dey waste him time writing to a blind, deaf and dumb man
|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by chinavs9ja(m): 9:35am On Jul 16, 2019|
Nigeria needs serious prayer...
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by Davidgrand: 9:35am On Jul 16, 2019|
|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by Yopcity: 9:35am On Jul 16, 2019|
Old age has caught up with obasanjo, the only letters buhari will pay attention to are letters from either boko haram, fulani herdsmen or Ipob!
|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by Firefire(m): 9:35am On Jul 16, 2019|
Buhary should better read and get brain.
The effect of the impending anarchy will surely consume Buhary, Tinubu & the useless government of APC.
“Aja ti o ba ma sonu koni gbo Fere olode. " Meaning in English is " someone who will go into destruction will not listen to warning."
|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by judecares1(m): 9:35am On Jul 16, 2019|
|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by seunlayi(m): 9:36am On Jul 16, 2019|
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|Re: Obasanjo's Open Letter To Buhari, 2019 (Full Text) by abkrgumel(m): 9:38am On Jul 16, 2019|
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