Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to put more effort in the fight against terrorism, banditry and various other forms of criminal activities in the country.
Obasanjo, said that it is worrisome that banditry has spread to the North West region where Buhari hails from.
The former Head of State spoke on Sunday in a virtual meeting with academic historian, Toyin Falola.
He said that he Buhari fell short of his expectations in the area of security, adding that as a former military chief, he expected Buhari to do well in that regard.
Obasanjo said, “I thought I knew President Buhari because he worked with me. But I used to ask people that is it that I have not read him well or read him adequately or is it that he has changed from the Buhari that I used to know? I am not subscribing to the people who say we have a new Buhari from Sudan and all that nonsense.
“I know what I believed was his limitations and I have written about it –he wasn’t strong in economics, not all of us are strong in anything but you need to have sufficient knowledge of it for you to direct the affairs. He wasn’t particularly too strong in foreign affairs but I thought he was strong enough in the military.
“From his performance in his first outing as head of state, I thought he would also do well in fighting corruption. I did not know the nepotistic tendencies of President Buhari maybe because he was not exposed to that sort of situation when he worked with me.
“But with what I have seen now, I believe that maybe he will be thinking of a legacy. Maybe he will also learn from what has happened in recent times. If you are the commander-in-chief and banditry is taking place in your backyard, then you have to wake up.”