Some elder statesmen under the aegis of the Patriotic Elders Council (PEC) say President Muhammadu Buhari has surpassed his predecessors in terms of security, contrary to claims by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
The group made this known in a communique issued on Tuesday and signed by Alhaji Muhammadu Ari Gwaska and Chief Simon Shango, its President and Secretary respectively after an emergency meeting in Abuja.
As part of its resolution, the elder statesmen described Obasanjo’s comments describing Nigeria as a failed state as a “hoax”, noting that President Buhari has stood for the country’s unity and indivisibility at all times.
While admitting that Obasanjo deserves respect based on his status, the group said his utterances unfortunately in most times is condescendingly wrong.
According to the PEC, the nation was in shambles and on the brink of collapse in terms of security prior to Buhari’s emergence in 2015.
” The state of affairs in Nigeria as inherited by President Buhari to describe it mildly were terrible, horrible and disheartening. No any other failure of leadership in the country can descend below it,” the communique said in part.
However, PEC stated that with the courage and will displayed by President Buhari, Nigeria is dramatically back from the woods.
It said the era of bombings in the North-East and the Federal Capital Territory, kidnappings in the South-South as well as an insurrection in the South-East is now forgotten.
The PEC, therefore, commended the efforts of Mr. President on the journey so far, pleading with him never to be distracted; but keep his vision on course to deliver the nation from the ruins the likes of Obasanjo’s and his co-travellers deposited on the land.
It, however, advised Obasanjo and others, that as elders, “they have a sacred obligation to the younger generation by striving to leave a legacy of truth and honesty”.