The Presidency has replied former President Olusegun Obasanjo for describing Nigeria as “almost a failed state” under the current administration.
The former president had last week descended on President Muhammadu Buhari, saying Nigeria was becoming world capital of poverty and a failed state under his watch; while charging Buhari o get involved in the ongoing process of finding real solutions to the country’s development issues.
But Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement Sunday, said Obasanjo’s was being insincere with his calls.
Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity said Obasanjo accused Buhari of an offence he, Obasanjo was the architect.
“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).
“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.
“Surely, he must have disappointed many of his local and foreign admirers by showering commendations on a few extremist groups who have vowed to shun the invitation to the National Assembly to participate in the process of constitutional amendment,” Shehu said.

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