I’ll speak no further on insecurity in Nigeria- Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Nigeria’s ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday said he would make no further comment on the insecurity pervading the country.

Mr. Obasanjo stated this in Benin, the Edo State capital, where he delivered the first memorial lecture of a former National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Abel Guobadia.

During the lecture, he focused on his reason for launching the Obasanjo Foundation in London.

While addressing journalists after the programme, Mr. Obasanjo said he was able to tackle corruption, during his tenure, to the satisfaction of some people and disenchantment of others.

He said he disagreed with the notion of keeping mum while things go wrong in Nigeria as it would not help the situation.

“Some people do all sorts of things but the point is that when you have a problem and you attempt to cover it, you are not solving the problem. If anything, you are complicating the problem,’’ he said.

While speaking on the worsening security situation in Nigeria particularly in the northern part of the country due to the activities of the Boko Haram insurgent group, Mr. Obasanjo said he had chosen to keep mum after being attacked for earlier suggestions he made.

“Even security, I have talked about it, (but) I have been called names.

“I have gone out on facts finding. I have found out what is there and what is not there. I have talked and reported. I have nothing more to add,” he said.

Mr. Obasanjo had called for a strong military action on the armed Boko Haram who have claimed responsibility for killing of hundreds of people in Northern Nigeria. His suggestion was rebuffed and ridiculed by President Jonathan and his aides.


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