A group, Yoruba Youth Forum (YYF) has backed former President Olusegun Obasanjo on his claim that Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen are on a mission to Islamise and ‘Fulanize’ Nigeria.
The group argued that instead of vilifying Obasanjo and accusing him of ethnic bigotry, that Nigerians should ask the current government about its agenda for security.
Obasanjo’s recent claim that Boko Haram and marauding Fulani herdsmen were out to Islamize and Fulanize Nigeria and the entire West Africa at an event in Delta State, has continued to generate controversies with some Nigerians attacking him while others think he might not be wrong.
Adding its voice on the controversy, YYF in a statement on Tuesday signed by its president, Abiodun Bolarinwa, frowned at those attacking Obasanjo, noting that the former president’s claim was a wake-up call to Nigerians.
Further arguing that President Muhammadu Buhari had performed below expectations in the area of security, YYF said:
“Nigerians are not strangers in their fatherland and that is why the former President condemned the present administration for not providing adequate security for Nigerians.
“Maybe we need to ask the government about its agenda for security because the silence on its part to the clarion call by the former President shows that the government is handling the issues of insecurity with levity.
“The insecurity in Nigeria has been on for so long but it is now getting worse on a daily basis. The killings and kidnappings that are ravaging the nation are sending a wrong signal to innocent Nigerians and the outside world.
“It is just unfortunate that the President is partisan in fighting the perpetrators of the crime because as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, his duty is to ensure the safety of lives and property of his citizenry.”