State of the nation: Obasanjo is not neutral, says Presidency

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• Accuses ex-President of speaking from political position

Despite his letter on the state of the nation, the Presidency on Friday said ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is not neutral.
It said since Obasanjo’s has a political position, his opinion cannot be taken as the gospel truth any longer.

It said political Fulani herdsmen were on rampage to de-market the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said Nigeria will not break because “it is very solid, it will remain solid.”

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, who faulted Obasanjo in an interview with THE CREST online newspaper, said Buhari’s administration is not failing.

It was the first comprehensive reaction to the ex-President who raised the alarm that the nation was getting to the brink.
Adesina said: “Whatever former President Obasanjo says now cannot be taken as neutral. It cannot be taken as something from a disinterested party because he has a political position where he anchors everything he says. His opinion then cannot be taken as the gospel truth any longer.

“It can only be the opinion of one man and he has the right to that opinion.”
Adesina insisted that the security situation in the country is better than the case in 2015.

He said Buhari has made a “big difference” in addressing security challenges nationwide.

He said: “No doubt, there are security challenges in the country, but are things better than 2015? Yes, things are better than 2015.

“In 2015, do you know how many bombs went off daily in this country? Yes, daily! And with scores dead in different parts of the country!

“It happened in the North-East; happened in the North-West; happened in the North-Central. Abuja, the federal capital, was not immune from it. But, that has largely been reduced.

“You hardly hear of those bombs going off again because the government has made a big difference. Now, we have challenges in other areas-kidnapping, armed banditry, armed robbery, and all that. Yes, there are challenges but government exists to solve challenges. And this government is doing its best to solve the challenges.”

“People also exaggerate things for political reasons. We are not saying those challenges are not there. Of course, they are there.”


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