PLEASE LOOK IN THE MIRROR:
OPEN LETTER TO FORMER PRESIDENT OLUSEGUN OBASANJO
Obasanjo presidential Library,
They will ask: “who is his father….who is he to dare write a letter to a former Head of State and President..”. Now you know. And hopefully, they know too!
Some people have jumped to conclusions and prejudged the investigation into the despicable act,I have chosen to wait until investigators complete their work and inform Nigerians about
Sir, apart from the death of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, which is the trigger for the letter, there is nothing new in your new letter. Even her death, is not new in the sense that many Nigerians have been dying on that road and others, unmentioned.
Let me talk about the specific issues in your letter:
It grew and became a big tree under your handpicked successors due to outright denial, mischaracterization, poor management,and corruption.
You chose to ignore it because you said it will fizzle out because of internal contradictions. It did at some point; but before then, it spread to other states with deadly consequences.
As you know, President Buhari on assumption of office took the fight to Boko Haram.
He relocated soldiers to the epicenter of the terror group’s operations.
Many people hitherto unheard of, but in captivity of Boko Haram, were also set free.
I agree that the government oversubscribed itself when it declared that it has defeated Boko Haram.
We saw them abduct over 100 hundred girls from Dapchi after their “defeat”.
She is today the highest value target because of the religious factors made worst by people playing politics with her.
God in whom Leah Sharibu trust as her Saviour and protector, will keep her. She will be freed from her captors. Amen.
The insecurity of today, is the consequence of the failures of the past.
When the agitation for better allocation of resources started in the Niger Delta areas under your watch, you responded with maximum force.
Many were killed, women and girls were allegedly raped, and the community destroyed. The people regrouped and armed themselves better.
What about Zaki Biam, where the invasion by the Army helped to militarize the people with deadly consequences for security in the area?
President Jonathan who succeeded Yar’Adua, didn’t do much in tackling kidnapping.
Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, fought kidnappers in the state to a standstill.
In the statement you issued before then, you said her death has diminished Nigeria. I share in your sentiments and beyond sir.
But as painful and regrettable as her death is, it is not the first in the country.
Of the people listed here sir, only Sekibo was murdered on the road. The rest were killed in their homes. No one has been found guilty for their murders.
You may not know this sir, but I want to tell you that bad roads and darkness, are also accelerators of insecurity and poverty.
Under your watch as President, billions of Naira were budgeted for roads, the roads were never built, but the funds disappeared.
Is it financial or political corruption? Do you know who started corrupting our political system sir?
In both cases, less than two-thirds of members of the Houses of Assembly, carried out the impeachment under your watch. Maybe we didn’t have a Constitution then sir!
After Buhari, the problems will continue if we don’t find solutions to them.
Did he fulanize Nigeria? As a leader in this country, much more is expected from you.
Finally, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my long letter.
I hope and pray that you find some of my thoughts useful!
They are asking you to look at Gen. Yakubu Gowan, and make him your role model. My sincere respect and regards to you sir.
God bless Nigeria.