Obasanjo warns of likely genocide in Nigeria

Former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to convene a national forum to discuss the run-away insecurity in the country.

The insecurity has for the past decade manifested itself in retaliatory attacks between the Fulani herdsmen and farming communities as well as through increasingly bolder Boko Haram incursions across the country.

In a rather undiplomatic open letter to President Buhari dated July 15, Obasanjo, 82, said he feared that the insecurity could spark genocide similar to that in Rwanda 25 years ago.

“Enough is enough. We are on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point,” Mr Obasanjo, who served Nigeria on two occasions for a combined 11 years between 1976 and 2007, said.

In compliments to the incumbent Mr Obasanjo said the President could not tackle the insecurity alone, adding a joint effort was needed to tackle insecurity.

“Collective thinking and dialoguing is the best way of finding an appropriate and adequate solution to the problem,” Mr Obasanjo wrote.

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