Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has bemoaned Nigeria’s worsening insecurity challenge, as he said the current government is clearly overwhelmed by the crisis.
Did he write another open letter?
No, Obasanjo said this at his residence in Abeokuta, during a consultation visit by a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Ugochukwu Williams. In reference to the Abuja-Kaduna train attack that left several passengers killed and many more injured, Obasanjo said the country is in a very serious situation.
Did he suggest any solutions?
Expressing concern that Nigerians “are no longer safe on the road, on the train, and at the airport,” the former president called for a concerted effort of stakeholders to stem the tide of insecurity in the country. He urged Nigerians to not allow themselves to be overwhelmed by the challenges.
Impact on the economy
The economic impact of the crisis has been highlighted as both local and foreign direct investments continue to decline, with an increasing number of Nigerians falling below the poverty line. In a recent report on Nigeria’s economy, titled “A Better Future for All Nigerians: Nigeria Poverty Assessment 2022”, the World Bank stated that “conflict is spreading and intensifying across Nigeria”, and urged stakeholders on the need to limit “the risk of exacerbating fragility and conflict”.