Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written yet another letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obasanjo’s latest intervention in the polity comes more than a year after the letter he wrote to the president, asking him not to seek another term, sparked a massive furore in the country.
In the new letter dated July 15, Obasanjo said he is very worried over the high level of insecurity in the country, as heightened by the brutal murder of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti.
He called on the president to take decisive action to prevent the situation from escalating into a full-blown crisis.
“I am very much worried and afraid that we are on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay. Without being immodest, as a Nigerian who still bears the scar of the Nigerian civil war on my body and with a son who bears the scar of fighting Boko Haram on his body, you can understand, I hope, why I am so concerned,” he wrote.
“When people are desperate and feel that they cannot have confidence in the ability of government to provide security for their lives and properties, they will take recourse to anything and everything that can guarantee their security individually and collectively.
“To be explicit and without equivocation, Mr. President and General, I am deeply worried about four avoidable calamities: abandoning Nigeria into the hands of criminals who are all being suspected, rightly or wrongly, as Fulanis and terrorists of Boko Haram type.
“Spontaneous or planned reprisal attacks against Fulanis which may inadvertently or advertently mushroom into pogrom or Rwanda-type genocide that we did not believe could happen and yet it happened. Similar attacks against any other tribe or ethnic group anywhere in the country initiated by rumours, fears, intimidation and revenge capable of leading to pogrom; Violent uprising beginning from one section of the country and spreading quickly to other areas and leading to dismemberment of the country.”