The erstwhile president of Nigeria, President Olusegun Obasanjo has attributed the current socioeconomic problems currently battling Nigeria as a result of inept leaders at the helms of affairs. Obasanjo says over the last few years, the country has witnessed a great disintegration under Buhari and if nothing is done to strengthen the unity of Nigeria, the country might join the league of a failed state.
He said this in Abuja on Thursday while delivering a speech titled, ‘Moving Nigeria Away From Tipping Over’ at a consultative dialogue attended by some sociocultural groups in Nigeria.
Obasanjo, who is known for his active role in the Civil War, said he had never seen Nigeria so divided, adding that many of the problems plaguing the country today were due to the recent mismanagement of Nigeria’s diversity.
The former President said, “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.
“And these manifestations are the products of recent mismanagement of diversity and socio-economic development of our country. Old fault lines that were disappearing have opened up in greater fissures and with drums of hatred, disintegration and separation and accompanying choruses being heard loud and clear almost everywhere.”
Obasanjo said those beating drums of war and calling for secession must remember that were Nigeria to break into several countries, the citizens would still be neighbours and would need to interact with one another.
He stated that if Nigeria was to successfully tackle its challenges, it must first address the problem of disunity because a house divided could not achieve much success.
The former President, therefore, commended all socio-cultural groups present at the meeting, describing their agreement to come together as a good sign.