Former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has lambasted ex-Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, for criticising Olusegun Obasanjo.
Obasanjo had on Saturday warned that Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram are out to ‘Fulanise’ West Africa and Islamise Africa.
The former president also lamented the deadly activities of Boko Haram and herdsmen in the country, saying the challenges had grown beyond what Nigeria alone could tackle.
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.
“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,” Lamido said.
However, in a counter-statement, Fani-Kayode said Obasanjo had done more for the core North, “including Lamido’s Fulani tribe” than any other president.
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.”