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EX-GOV LAMIDO TO OBASANJO: Sir, don’t let your frustration with Buhari turn you into a bigot



A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has frowned at ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Saturday comment on Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen.

Lamido cautioned Obasanjo not to allow his disappointment with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration turn him to a religious and ethnic bigot.

Obasanjo was said to have at an event at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, in Delta State, claimed that the twin evils of Boko Haram and killer herdsmen were “no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youth in Nigeria which it began as” but now a “West African Fulanization, Islamization and global organised crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change.”

But responding in a statement on Sunday, through his media aide, Mansur Ahmad, Lamido asked Obasanjo to withdraw the statement, arguing it was improper for such to have come from a nationalist and a former president.

He said, “If it were said at a non religious venue to a non religious audience, may be; it might have been more tolerable.
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“Please sir, don’t let your disappointment with sitting presidents turn you into a bigot. You must not abandon the national stage. The cracks along the various divides in our National cohesion are already turning into huge gorges.”

Lamido, who though is a Fulani like President Buhari, is a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and a critic of the current government.

By Ebere Ndukwu …

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