Former President Olusegun Obasanjo speaking at the Global Peace Foundation and Vision Africa event in Abuja on Tuesday.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says President Muhammadu Buhari has done his best in tackling insecurity facing the country.
Obasanjo who made the remark at an event organised by the Global Peace Foundation and Vision Africa in Abuja on Tuesday said Nigerians should be concerned about making the country a better place after Buhari’s tenure.
“President Buhari has done his best, that is what he can do, if you expect anything more than what he has done or what he is doing, you are kicking a dead horse. And there’s no need,” he said.
“But then, where do we go from here? We cannot continue to fold our arms. How do we prepare for the post-Buhari era? Buhari has done his best. My prayer is that God will spare his life to see his term through.
“What should we do to make post-Buhari better than what we have now? That is our responsibility now because it concerns all of us.”
The former president said political will should be matched with “political action” to tackle the country’s security challenges.
For the country to successfully tackle the Boko Haram insurgency, Obasanjo said the carrot and stick approach needs to be adopted.
“The problem of insurgency will not go away if all we are using is the stick.
“We may suppress it, and keep it down a bit, but we have to use ‘carrot and stick’ together to effectively tackle the problems, ” Obasanjo said.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, who was also at the event assessed the insecurity in the country. He warned political and religious leaders and all Nigerians against politicising insecurity in the country.
He also decried the spate of killings in the country, asking the government to provide a stable environment for Nigerians to observe their religious beliefs.