Don’t incite Nigerians with unguided statements, CSOs warn Obasanjo, Soyinka —
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Don’t incite Nigerians with unguided statements, CSOs warn Obasanjo, Soyinka



Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, CCSOs, yesterday, cautioned former President OlusegunObasanjo and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, against inciting Nigerians with their unguided statements on President MuhammaduBuhari and the state of the nation.
Obasanjo and Soyinka had separately alleged that Nigeria is fast becoming a failed state and more divided under President Buhari, even as they blamed the current state of the nation on poor management of its diversity.
But the group, in a statement by its leader, Abraham Egbor, said the positions of the elder statesmen were condemnable and unacceptable, claiming that they are capable of inciting Nigerians and cause disaffection among them.
It alleged that “the state of the nation under Obasanjo’s government was autocratic and traumatising during which many perceived political enemies were blackmailed, arrested and imprisoned without giving them fair hearing.”
The group, which also accused the former president of corruption, called for a probe of the alleged spending of $16 billion by his administration for the power sector without anything to show for it among other monumental exploitation.
“Obasanjo does not have the moral standing to make such assertion because he is the architect of the division of our great country when he inhumanely deployed soldiers to kill and maim innocent Nigerians in Oditown and ZakiBiam in Bayelsa and Benue States respectively. Till this hour, these communities are yet to recover from the trauma and devastation.
“Many assassinations of perceived enemies were carried out under his government including witch-hunting of political enemies, civil society leaders and members.
“He also used his position to stampede the development of some parts of the country and failed to run a government that prioritized the unity of Nigerians but was intimidating some sections of the country, which as a result, their leaders who opposed his policies and autocratic actions were imprisoned without fair hearing,’’ it stressed.
According to the group, the international community has lauded the present administration over its fight against corruption, pointing out that “those that made themselves untouchable while they were neck-deep into corruption have been made to face the wrath of the law.”
It also stated that the Buhari-led administration has recovered loots stolen by politicians of previous administrations and had been using them for infrastructural development.
It, however, advised Nigerians to come up with useful ideas that could assist the present administration consolidate on its achievements.


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