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CHRICED urges caution over Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari



The Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED), yesterday, expressed the need for Nigerians to cautiously ponder the motive behind the recent letter by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo criticising the Buhari/APC government.

In a statement, the Executive Director of CHRICED, Comrade Dr. Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, said: “Perhaps, the weighty voice of Obasanjo may finally jolt the APC government to action and make it perform within the remainder of its tenure. However, Nigerians have a duty to meticulously interrogate the former president to understand his real motivations. If this necessary process of civic investigation is not done, the former president, like many other entrenched elites, would succeed in using the miseries of citizens for their own self-serving ends.”

Zikirullahi maintained that Obasanjo is an integral part of the democratic and governance deficit, which has rendered Nigeria prostrate since the return to democracy in 1999.


“In fact, Obasanjo’s handpicked successors seem to have learnt so well from him the art of making the national landscape a wasteland. It is the irony of Nigeria’s political discourse that the very source of a problem would brazenly be pontificating on how to solve them.

“It is strange logic for someone who leads a pack of rapacious rent-seeking political elite, who have turned Nigeria into a wasteland, to turn around to begin to dictate solutions to the same problems created by his group of elites. CHRICED is, therefore, not deceived by the former president’s attempt to use the collective misery of the Nigerian people to serve as launch pad for his unending political schemes.”

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