A former Minister of Aviation , Femi Fani – Kayode , has knocked a former Governor of Jigawa State , Sule Lamido , for criticising former President Olusegun Obasanjo who had warned that Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram are out to ‘ Fulanise ’ West Africa and Islamise Africa .
Obasanjo had, on Saturday, lamented the deadly activities of Boko Haram and herdsmen in the country, saying the challenges had grown beyond what Nigeria alone could tackle .
He said , “ It is no longer an issue of a lack of education and employment for our youths in Nigeria , which it began as ; it is now West African ‘ Fulanisation, ’ African Islamisation and global organised crimes of human trafficking , money laundering , drug trafficking , gun trafficking , illegal mining and regime change . ”
But Lamido , in a statement on Sunday , advised Obasanjo against transforming himself into “ a religious and ethnic bigot ” because of his disappointment with the current administration .
The ex – governor called on the former president to withdraw the statement .
Lamido said , “ If it were said at a non -religious venue to a non – religious audience , maybe it might have been more tolerable. Please , sir , don ’ t let your disappointment with sitting president turn you into a bigot .
“ You must not abandon the national stage. The cracks along the various divides in our national cohesion are already turning into huge gorges . ”
Fani – Kayode , in a counter statement , however , said Obasanjo had done more for the core North , “ including Lamido ’ s Fulani tribe ” than any other president .
According to the former minister , Obasanjo remains the only politically active southern or Middle Belt leader that understands what is really going on , the grave danger that Nigerians are in and what lies ahead .
He added , “ I hear one or two people, like Sule Lamido , are not too happy with what OBJ said and have called him out for saying it. That is sad and unfortunate because Obasanjo has done more for the core North , Lamido ’ s Fulani tribe and Nigerian unity than any other former president or head of state in our history.
“ He also fought in a civil war to keep the country together . For anybody from the core North to call him names for speaking the truth and baring his mind over what is unfolding in Nigeria today , it tells you how blinded by power , insensitive and callous some of these people are .
“ It is only those that subscribe to the Fulanisation and Islamisation agenda that will criticise or oppose Obasanjo ’ s observation and describe him as a ‘ bigot ’ for making them. ”