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Insecurity: Buhari replies critics, says they are not patriotic

President Buhari replied his critics, after being dragged for allegedly having a cold feet in tackling the widespread insecurity in the country. President Buhari on Tuesday replied his critics, after being dragged for allegedly having a cold feet in tackling the widespread insecurity in the country. While receiving the National Executives of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, BCO, at the Presidential Villa Abuja, the President said that those criticising the isolated cases of insecurity in the country were not patriotic Nigerians. He backed his claim of unpatriotism on the side of his critics, by pointing out that countries around the world are facing one security challenge or the other.

This is coming barely a day after former President, Olusegun Obasanjo in his open letter to President Buhari, alleged that the widespread insecurity in the country is “eroding the root of our Nigerian community.” He also accused President Buhari of “poor management or mismanagement of diversity” which he said led to a “very onerous cloud that is gathering”. Obasanjo had on Monday in an open letter to President Buhari criticized the insecurity, saying the killings cannot be swept under the carpet. Obasanjo, who said he was very worried over high level of insecurity in the country had called on the president to take decisive action, saying “To be explicit and without equivocation, Mr. President and General, I am deeply worried about four avoidable calamities:

  1. “Abandoning Nigeria into the hands of criminals who are all been suspected, rightly or wrongly, as Fulanis and terrorists of Boko Haram type.
  2. “Spontaneous or planned reprisal attacks against Fulanis which may inadvertently or advertently mushroom into pogrom or Rwanda-type genocide that we did not believe could happen and yet it happened.
  3. “Similar attacks against any other tribe or ethnic group anywhere in the country initiated by rumours, fears, intimidation and revenge capable of leading to pogrom;
  4. “Violent uprising beginning from one section of the country and spreading quickly to other areas and leading to dismemberment of the country"

The President who did not specifically mention Obasanjo’s name, said that those criticising the isolated cases of insecurity in the country are not patriotic Nigerians. He pointed out that there are new challenges of banditry and kidnapping around the globe. It would have been better if president Buhari had focused on implementing the recommendations of a better Nigeria instead of apportioning blames the way he is doing. The letter he received from Obasanjo is a way forward for Nigeria and should have been appreciated as a tool for Nation building.

I hope this act would not raise a troll between the two politicians.

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