Former Nigerian leader Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has come under serious attack, this time from one of
his former cabinet members, who said the former president should watch his words on Boko Haram
issues, reported The Nation.
Sule Lamido, a former governor of Jigawa State and former minister during the administration of
Obasanjo urged the former leader to steer clear of comments that could hit up the polity.
Lamido advised Obasanjo to withdraw the statement credited to him, suggesting that “Fulanization and
Islamization” of West Africa is the agenda of Boko Haram insurgents.
The former foreign affairs minister made the remark in a press statement from his media aide, Mansur
Ahmad, in reaction to Obasanjo’s latest claim on Boko Haram. Lamido who served as Foreign Affairs
Minister under Obasanjo between 1999 and 2003 said the claim is not proper for a nationalist of
He advised the former President not to allow his disappointment with the current administration to turn
him to a religious and ethnic bigot.
“If it were said at a non-religious venue to a non-religious audience, may be; it might have been more
tolerable. Please sir, don’t let your disappointment with sitting the 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," The Nation quoted him as saying.
The former President made the statement during a church service at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul’s
Anglican Church, Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State. He was quoted as saying “the
twin evils of Boko Haram and marauding cattle herders were initially treated with kid gloves”.
Obasanjo’s statement added: “It’s no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for
our youth in Nigeria which it began as; it is now West African Fulanization, Islamization and global
organised crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining
and regime change.”
Lamido and Obasanjo are fierce critics of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. They have both
openly criticised President Buhari for his handling of the economy and security situation of the country.
It isn’t Lamido’s first time in controversial issues. In June 2007, Lamido accused new generation banks of
helping state governors to loot their treasuries, and called for tighter regulations.
In July 2007 Lamido announced plans to spend N2 billion in the next six months on education, using the
money to rebuild schools and provide basic teaching materials. The state also invested N450 million
naira for training teachers teaching core courses in junior secondary schools.
He initiated major construction programs, led by the Dutse Capital Development Authority and the
Jigawa State Housing Authority.
In September 2009 Lamido offered to provide free plots of land and basic infrastructure to investors in
the tourism and hospitality business in Jigawa State. In December 2009 Lamido announced a plan by
which beggars would be given a basic monthly payment to stay off the streets.
In December 2009 it was reported that Olusegun Obasanjo had started to lobby for Lamido to be the
PDP’s vice presidential candidate in the 2011 elections. Lamido ran successfully for reelection on 26 April
In 2015 Lamido and his two sons were briefly jailed after being arrested and tried for allegedly arranging
for contracts to be placed by companies that they controlled. Lamido blamed this on his enemies.