By Ismail Auwal
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has lamented that Nigerians are no longer safe on the roads, trains, or airports.
Obasanjo noted that security challenges have overwhelmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime.
He said this in response to the recent attacks on the Kaduna-Abuja train, which left seven people dead and 21 passengers missing.
Obasanjo said the country is in a very serious situation.
The former president spoke at his residence, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State while receiving a Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Dr Ugochukwu Williams, and his team.
Obasanjo expressed concern that Nigerians “are no longer safe on the road, on the train and at the airport,” calling for a concerted effort of stakeholders to stem the tide of insecurity in the country.
The former President said the present regime has been overwhelmed by the situation, but Nigerians must not allow the situation to overwhelm the country.
He however cautioned Nigerians to not allow themselves to be overwhelmed by the insecurity challenges.
He said, “So, if anybody comes to say I want to see you, I want to talk to you, I will say ‘you’re welcome’. This is because I believe very strongly, and I have said it publicly and I will say it again that the situation we are in this country is not a situation where one man will say yes, he has a solution unless we are deceiving ourselves. I believe we need to sit down collectively and look at the situation.”
“A situation where you are not safe on the road, you are not safe on the train, you are not safe at the airport, shows a very serious situation.
Obasanjo stated that all right-thinking Nigerians must be aware that the current administration has been overwhelmed, but that “we must not allow that situation to overwhelm Nigeria.”
He, however, wished Williams well in the pursuit of his presidential ambition.