– Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has been accused of playing politics with the killings in Benue state by a group identified as Vanguards for the Defence of Democracy
– The former president recently visited Benue state and laid wreath over the graves of the dead – Obasanjo was urged to stop using the people’s moment of grief as an opportunity to whip up sentiment for his political advantage Former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has been accused of playing politics with the killings in Benue state by Vanguards for the Defence of Democracy, a non-governmental organisation. The group said Obasanjo’s laying of wreath over the graves of diseased was an exercise to score a cheap political goal. Sharon Faliya Cham, national coordinator of the group who made this known in Abuja, the ex-president shoild stop using the people’s moment of grief as an opportunity to whip up sentiment for his political advantage.
’’Since Obasanjo is now interested in laying wreaths of flowers over the graves of those killed in various clashes, it is now clear that the immediate past president’s recent visit to Benue state is heavily loaded with mischief and ulterior motives. ‘’Chief Obasanjo ordered the massacre of the people of Zaki-Biam and surrounding villages so he consequently resigned ‘’But the good people of Benue are not stupid. They know Obasanjo was shedding crocodile tears, they know that he was there on a political mission. He was not there to commiserate with them but his mission was to pull them out of the league of the President Buhari supporters.
‘’It is clearly staged-managed to send negative political signals that can balloon and escalate into serious problems in Nigeria,’’ he said in a statement. Also reacting to Obasanjo’s visit, Anthony Udah, a member of the group condemned what he termed as the hypocrisy that the visit of Obasanjo signified. “Nigeria is suffering from leadership deficiency and if there is anybody that has cheated this nation, it will be Obasanjo. Obasanjo used the government to kill a lot of people during the time of his civilian regime.The enlightenment in Nigeria is so poor that people like Obasanjo is supposed to be behind the bars,’’ he alleged. Going further, he said: ‘’I know that two places Obasanjo will avoid to lay wreath of flowers are Plateau and Southern Kaduna because they are not likely to dance to the tune of his political music again. “The various crises in these areas fully fit into Obasanjo’s project of sowing the seeds of discord amongst all the tendencies there, so as to engender hatred and disaffection amongst the people of the country. ‘’It is these crises that Obasanjo wants to attract international community’s support for his project of installing what he calls non-partisan group on the Nigerian people of which he is to be the major beneficiary, being the only messiah of the country then it is third term project by other means.”