Former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has called on former President Olusegun Obasanjo not to allow his disappointment with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to turn him into a bigot.
Lamido, was reacting to statement credited to the former President on the security situation in the Country. In the remarks, made a the 2nd session of the Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) at Oleh in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, Obasanjo said that Boko Haram’s objective was aimed at ‘Islamization’ and ‘Fulanization’ of Africa.
Obasanjo had said, while talking about the activities of Boko Haram and herdsmen:
“They have both incubated and developed beyond what Nigeria can handle alone. They are now combined and internationalized with ISIS in control.
It is no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youths in Nigeria which it began as, it is now West African fulanization, African Islamization and global organized crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change.”
However, while reaction to the statement, Governor Lamido through a statement by his media aide, Mansur Ahmed, said that such a statement coming from someone in the capacity of Obasanjo was ‘very much unlike you sir!’
Lamido said that were the statement made outside religious quarters, it would have been very much more tolerable. He advised the former President not abandon the national stage and to remain an elder statesman rather fanning the ember of discord in the country.
“Speaking about ‘Fulanisation and Islamisation at St. Paul Cathedral Church’ is very much unlike you, sir!
If it were said at a non-religious venue to a non-religious audience, may be it might have been more tolerable.
Please, sir, don’t let your disappointment with sitting Presidents turn you into a bigot. You must not abandon the national stage.
The cracks along the various divides in our national cohesion are already turning into huge ‘gorges’”.
In his ow reaction, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode praised Obasanjo for his courage to speak up .
“President Obasanjo remains the only politically active southern and Middle Belt leader that understands what is really going on, the grave danger that we are in and what lies ahead. He is deeply courageous and his latest contribution that there is an agenda to Fulanise West Africa and Islamise Africa says it all.”