Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has asked former President Olusegun Obasanjo to be mindful of his utterances and language while commenting on national issues, adding that Nigeria’s unity should not be taken for granted by any individual.
The President’s media aide stated this on Friday in a piece he titled, ‘Nigeria’s Unity And All The Iberiberism’.
Adesina, who was reacting to recent comments made by Obasanjo, where he warned against the festering insecurity crisis in the country, stated that the former president is among of the people that “have no other business than doomsday predictions of a crumbled, collapsed Nigeria.”
He asked Obasanjo to stop making doomsday predictions about Nigeria.
According to Adesina, Obasanjo who fought during the civil war should understand that the unity of Nigeria is paramount.
He further added that Nigeria will survive against all odds, adding that “some fathers of the land will not fold their hands and see Nigeria go down.”
The statement reads, “The sabre-rattling about Nigeria’s unity and the possibility of disintegration has got to the point of Iberiberism (an Igbo word which could mean stupidity). Some people have no other business than doomsday predictions of a crumbled, collapsed Nigeria, as if they actually fast and pray for that eventuality.
“When Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was President between 1999 and 2007, they predicted that he was going to be the last President of a united Nigeria. It didn’t happen. When Umaru Yar’Adua came, they said he was too sick to hold Nigeria together. The country stood.
“Under Goodluck Jonathan, they said the man was too weak, and different components of the country would soon say, ‘to your tents oh Israel.’ Nigeria survived. And for six years under Muhammadu Buhari, they have not changed their songs. The Somaliasation of Nigeria was on the way. The Fulanisation of the country would be the final death knell. But Nigeria lives. It trudges on from day to day, month to month, and will surely survive.”
“Fortunately, we have one of them as President now. The young Muhammadu Buhari spent 30 months in the frontlines as a young army officer, fighting the war of unity. And he has said it: we will not be around and watch Nigeria go down. Never. We will rather speak to insurrectionists in the language they understand.
“And what of Olusegun Obasanjo, a civil war hero. Despite all that he has contributed to the current upheavals by his actions and inactions, words and bile, he says it is idiotic to wish Nigeria disintegration now. Good. But let us put our money where our mouth is. Let Baba mind his thoughts, and his language.
“Nigeria will survive. The polity will endure. And the component parts will live together in amity and brotherhood. Any other option is Iberiberism,” he concluded.