In an exclusive interview published in the February issue of the pan-African magazine, New African, Obasanjo accused Jonathan of mismanaging the security issues engulfing the country. He goes on to claim that Jonathan is solely responsible for the deteriorating situation cause by the insurgent Boko Haram.
“If the president is the chief security officer of the country and there is a security problem, where do you go for the solution? And if that solution is not coming from the chief security officer, who has everybody and can mobalise everybody, inside and outside to get a solution, the he has the responsibility to solve the problem. And nobody else should be blamed but him.”
In a wide-ranging interview the former general also challenged claims made by Nigerian literary giant, Chinua Achebe, regarding the country’s civil war in the 1960s. Obasanjo rebuffed claims that successive Nigerian administrations have marganalised the Igbo ethnic group within the country.
“Maybe he is making those remarks because he is not living in Nigeria. If he were living in Nigeria, when I was the president of this country an Igbo lady was my minister of finance, and Igbo man was the governor of the Central Bank. An Igbo man was one of the military service chiefs. The permanent representative to the UN was also an Igbo person. What more do you want? For someone to say the civil was has not ended, 40 years after its conclusion, that person is living in the past.”