Details from the meeting between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and leaders of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere have emerged, and it was gathered that former President Olusegun Obasanjo attacked President Buhari who he said had consistently dodged the issue of Fulani Herdsmen who were responsible for the death of thousands of Nigerians.
According to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Buhari speaks from both sides of his mouth and his body language towards the activities of herdsmen was making the job of security agencies difficult.
“He (Buhari) often speaks from both sides of the mouth on the issue of armed herdsmen killing of innocent citizens. At times, he would say the herdsmen are not Nigerians; that they are from Niger, Mali, Chad and other neighbouring countries.
“In the same breath, the president would say we should learn to live and cope with our neighbours, talking of the Middle Belt groups and that the crisis is an internal matter.
“At another time while in the United States, he said it was the fighters from Libya that were behind the killings. So, if the Nigerian military were to act, it will be against the position of the president. Therefore, the military had to be careful” he was quoted saying.
Obasanjo was also quoted as saying that he was not on board with the excuse of the Herdsmen, that it is the anti-grazing laws that has caused the problem. This recent attack is coming, after Nigeria’s presidency accused the ex-President of masterminding illegal ouster of at least five governors in the 2000s.
Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, said in a Sunday evening essay that Mr Obasanjo’s tenure, 1999-2007, represented the dark days of Nigeria’s democracy due to a slew of assaults on the constitution. He argued that President Muhammadu Buhari has painstaking followed the Nigerian constitution since he assumed office in 2015.