The Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of nursing an agenda not far from allegedly ensuring the disintegration of Nigeria at all cost.
The group stated this in a statement on Monday through CNM convener, Sabo Odeh, in response to Obasanjo’s weekend claim that Boko Haram and marauding Fulani herdsmen were out to Islamize and Fulanize Nigeria and the entire West Africa.
The group said, “It is important that Nigerians do not allow Obasanjo to lead the country into crisis, which is his age long ambition. We are not strangers to his many failed letters and antics in the run up to the general elections, how he tried to appropriate even the name of our group in his desperate bid to rally Nigerians behind his destabilization agenda. It took the maturity of Nigerians to see through his duplicity at that time.
“This has now made him to switch to sectarian and ethnic sentiments knowing that these are the only issues that make Nigerians react with passion instead of logic. He is cashing in on the weakness of the masses where their religion or ethnicity is concerned in order to plunge the country into civil a war. Nepotism, lack of continuity of policies by successive administrations, and corruption had hindered development, resulting in widespread insecurity, mistrust, nepotism, and electoral fraud that he mentioned as other reasons for the possible collapse of the country were intended to merely pad his speech and deflect attention from his true intent.
“We state unequivocally that the ex-president is playing a game. He knows exactly where he is going which is not far from the agenda to disintegrate the country at all cost. We have seen this pattern in the assertions of those that have come out to support his evil position. It is for this reason that we declare that Obasanjo owes Nigerians and the rest of the world more explanation to shed light on his aims, intentions and objectives why he made such evil pronouncement that is now dividing the country. He him come out to tell the world about his evil plan in details.
“The federal government must take steps to counter the damage intended by Obasanjo’s utterance. It will take the grace of God for the country not record a spike in ethno-sectarian strife when a supposed leader made the kind of criminal comments that came from Obasanjo. Citizens have to be reassured that government is on top of the security situation, which have no bearing with the lies of Obasanjo,” the coalition statement read in part.
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