Tanko Yakasai Obasanjo wants to destroy Nigeria founding member of Arewa Consultative Forum Tanko Yakasai, has said former President Olusegun Obasanjo would destroy the country if he continues to indirectly support Southern agenda against the North through his unguarded speeches especially at a time the country is heavily divided.
Obasanjo had warned the Buhari administration over growing insecurity in the country and the President’s indifference toward atrocities committed by herdsmen in the country.
The former president said unless Buhari takes decisive action to address the growing tensions in the country, another ‘Rwanda-type genocide’ would be inevitable.
However, Tanko Yakasai in a reaction to Obasanjo‘s warning, said Obasanjo is known with the attitude of making reckless speeches and writing “unpatriotic” letters to the past leaders of the country.
The elder statesman who made the statement while speaking to journalists in Kano said all letters written by Obasanjo to past Nigerian leaders were never inspired by patriotism but selfish interests. He said one of the letters Obasanjo wrote during the reign of late Sani Abacha, former military head of state, landed him in prison.
“The actions of General Olusegun Obasanjo are, indeed, an open invitation for disaster for this country with the kind of hate speeches and messages that are flying all over the country,” Yakasai said in the statement.
“I don’t see patriotism in General Obasanjo’s letters. In fact, all the letters written by General Obasanjo to all Military Heads of State and Presidents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are not guided by patriotic considerations.
“My experience with Nigerian political situation is that the top echelons of the Military are always fighting one another, either when in the service or when on retirement.
“It is from this angle that I always view most of the writings of General Olusegun Obasanjo to any military officer who is a Head of State or President in Nigeria as unpatriotic. Even the ones he wrote to former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and the late Umar Musa Yar’Adua were not patriotic. They were guided by selfish interests.
“General Obasanjo did it during Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s era. He did it during the late General Sani Abacha’s regime, which later resulted in accusations that he was trying to overthrow the government, which eventually led to his imprisonment.
“General Olusegun Obasanjo also wrote a number of letters during General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s regime, and he is still writing letters in this current presidency of General Muhammadu Buhari. So, this attitude of writing unpatriotic letters has been part of General Olusegun Obasanjo.”
Southwest leaders were accused of not condemning the eviction notice and attacks on Fulanis in the region, and calling the youths to order.
The accusation was made by a former Executive Secretary of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof Usman Yusuf, who warned that failure of the likes of Obasanjo to call their people to order, would have dangerous consequences.
“Yoruba youths are asking Fulani to vacate Oyo, and a governor is asking them to vacate the forests, no Yoruba leader is speaking out; they must speak up loud and clearly because the events that will happen will not be small if they are not nipped in the bud, this is serious. Responsible voices need to be heard.
“This man, Igboho is just a political thug; what is he doing for a living, thuggery, and he is the one anchoring the Southwest; he is the one calling the shot in the Southwest, while Nnamdi Kanu is the one calling the shot in the Southeast.
“Where are the leaders, where are the Afenifere and Ohanaeze leaders? So the youths will not listen to them, they listen to Nnamdi Kanu who is in the UK. See what is happening in Orlu, IPOB fighting the military. Where are the elders who should call the youths to order? During EndSARS where were the Afenifere and the Oduduwa Republic leaders to call these boys to order,” Yusuf said in a comment.
Obasanjo had suggested in a past letter to Buhari calling for another national conference to address the current issues ripping the country apart. But Yakasai said, doing so would only lead to the eventual collapse of the country.
“I am puzzled to read from that letter that General Olusegun Obasanjo is requesting or asking for the convocation of another National Conference at this critical moment in our national history,” he said.
“A National Conference, even if it is convened at this point in time cannot begin in peace and end in peace.”