Obasanjo confused on Boko Haram – Presidency

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

The presidency on Saturday reacted sharply to statements credited to former President Olusegun Obasanjo that President Goodluck Jonathan should blame himself for not handling the menace of Boko Haram well.

Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, said Obasanjo had earlier accused the President of using force and later he (Obasanjo) faulted the use of force.

He said, “As far as the President is concerned, he does not take Obasanjo’s statement as something that is serious because the former President has unlimited access to him if he wants to proffer advice.

“If Obasanjo said what he said, we will just tolerate him because the other time, he said force should be used and he turned back to say dialogue must be used.

“Now, he is saying another thing. He is becoming confusing. I think the old man is becoming confused. The fact is that the insecurity issue started even during Obasanjo’s regime. It did not start with Jonathan’s regime.”

Gulak said the present administration was focused on confronting insecurity through the use of intelligence.

He said Jonathan had resolved not to use brutal force against innocent citizens.

“The security agencies are deploying intelligence. The culprits are being arrested and arraigned in courts of law. Bomb manufacturing outfits are being identified and destroyed. That is the best way to go about it and the government is doing so reasonably,” he said.

Obasanjo had in an interview with the pan-African magazine, New African, said Jonathan was mismanaging security issues engulfing the country.

He said, “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 mobilise everybody inside and outside to get a solution, then he has the responsibility to solve the problem. And nobody else should be blamed but him.”

Punch

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