The Buhari Media Organization (BMO) has attacked former president Olusegun Obasanjo for his recent letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.
BMO accused Obasanjo of trying to present mischief as a solution to the security challenge in the country.
The group said that Obasanjo’s penchant for mischief showed in the manner he suggested a way out as well as the individuals he wants the President to invite for a national conference.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke.
It said: “We wonder why he could not use his membership of the National Council of State to push what he considers as solution to the security challenge in a way that other former Presidents could also bring up suggestions.”
BMO further claimed that the letter was an extension of a previous one, designed to further Obasanjo’s claim of a Fulanisation agenda.
It said: “We have seen through Chief Obasanjo latest deceit to present the Fulani as the ‘agent provocateur’ by putting it in the dock of public accusation with claims of some grievances which he insinuated as the cause of banditry, kidnapping and killings in the country.
“What he did with his preamble for a call for a National Dialogue is to place the neck of an entire ethnic group on the slab on the basis of what he, as an octogenarian, perfectly knows to be a long-standing farmers-herders crisis. Yet he sought to place the matter at the doorstep of a President that he has fallen out with, by claiming that the government had been treating it with levity.
“So It was not entirely surprising that the former President found a way of dragging President Muhammadu Buhari into the fray by suggesting ‘vicarious responsibility’ and even went to the extent of saying that ‘perception may be as potent as reality at times’.
“In essence, it is an extension of a previous letter in which he accused the President of harbouring and pursuing a Fulanisation and Islamisation agenda which he couched as one with a solution to the myriad of national problems.”
Speaking on Obasanjo’s comment on the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunri, daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the national leader of Afenifere, BMO accused the former President of stoking tension in the aftermath of the tragic murder.
“The fact that he alluded to possible outbreak of violence is a pointer to his war mongering mindset. Or else why would a man who prides himself as father of Modern Nigeria so glibly speak of spontaneous or planned attacks against the Fulani which could lead to a Rwanda-like genocide?
The group added that “It should be beneath an elderly Nigerian that claims to still bear the scar of the 1967-1970 civil war to be stoking ethnic tension under the guise of searching for appropriate solution to the problem of insecurity,” it said.