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Obasanjo expresses worry over security situation in Nigeria, says nowhere is safe

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Ex-Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has said security challenges have overwhelmed the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said this while reacting to the recent terrorist attacks on the Kaduna-Abuja train with no fewer than seven persons were confirmed killed and 21 passengers missing.

Obasanjo said the development has shown that Nigerians are not safe anywhere – in vehicles, on the train or on aircraft. He said the country is in a very serious situation.

Obasanjo spoke at his residence, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State while receiving a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Ugochukwu Williams, and his team.

He expressed concern that Nigerians “are no longer safe on the road, on the train and at the airport,” calling for a concerted effort of stakeholders to stem the tide of insecurity in the country.

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The former President said the present regime has been overwhelmed by the situation, but Nigerians must not allow the situation to overwhelm the country.

He, however, said that Nigerians should not allow themselves to be overwhelmed by the insecurity challenges.

“So, if anybody comes to say I want to see you, I want to talk to you, I will say ‘you’re welcome. This is because I believe very strongly, and I have said it publicly and I will say it again that the situation we are in this country is not a situation where one man will say yes, he has a solution unless we are deceiving ourselves. I believe we need to sit down collectively and look at the situation.

“A situation where you are not safe on the road, you are not safe on the train, you are not safe at the airport, shows a very serious situation.

“I believe that all right-thinking Nigerians must know that we have a situation that has overwhelmed the present administration, but we should not allow that situation to overwhelm Nigeria,” the ex-president said.

He, however, wished Williams well in the pursuit of his presidential ambition.

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