“You Are Going From Commander-in-Chief To Divider-in-Chief – Buhari Replies Obasanjo - Nicole Kaima's Blog


Sunday, September 13, 2020

“You Are Going From Commander-in-Chief To Divider-in-Chief – Buhari Replies Obasanjo

President Muhamadu Buhari, through his media aide, Garba Shehu, has replied former President Olusegun
Obasanjo, over comment that Nigeria was slowly becoming a failed state.

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The presidency on Sunday, September 13, told Obasanjo that he was descending from the lofty heights of Commander-in-Chief to the lowly level of Divider-in-Chief.

It would be recalled that Obasanjo was quoted as saying, “I do appreciate that you all feel sad and embarrassed as most of us feel as Nigerians with the situation we find ourselves in. Today, Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state; economically our country is becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world, and socially, we are firming up as an unwholesome and insecure country.” while delivering a speech titled, ‘Moving Nigeria Away from Tipping Over’ at a consultative dialogue attended by various socio-cultural groups.

A statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu read in part;

“In his most recent statement, former President Olusegun Obasanjo attempts to divide the nation while President Muhammadu Buhari continues to promote nation-building and the unity of Nigeria.

“The difference is clear. From the lofty heights of Commander-in-Chief, General Obasanjo has descended to the lowly level of Divider-in-Chief (to adapt the coinage of Time).

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“President Buhari’s advocacy is consistent with his principles and in line with the current policies of his administration and indeed that of the ECOWAS Charter which is that term limits must be respected and that the change of government is only permissible through the ballot box.

“Having cleared this misperception, we hope that Chief Obasanjo would once again sheath the sword and rest the pretentiousness about the Messiah that has (mis)led him to pronounce often wrongly, as he disastrously did in the 2019 elections, about the life and death of Nigerian governments.

“As some commentators are already suggesting, Chief Obasanjo should, in accordance with his mantra as a statesman, get involved with problems solving, when and where they exist instead of helping the mushrooming of a poisonous atmosphere of ethnic and religious nationalism.”

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