Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has taken Nigeria back to late General Sani Abacha’s era.
Obasanjo pointed out that just like the Abacha era, security institutions are being used to fight “all critics and opponents of Buhari and to derail our fledgling democracy”.
He further called on Nigerians to rise up and resist any form of coercion from the government.
The Elder statesman stated this on Sunday in his state of the nation address which he tagged “Points for Concern and Action”.
He said: “Today, another Abacha Era is here. The security institutions are being misused to fight all critics and opponents of Buhari and to derail our fledgling democracy. EFCC, Police and Code of Conduct Tribunal are also being equally misused to deal with those Buhari sees as enemies for criticising him or as those who may not do his bidding in manipulating election results.
“Criticism, choice and being different are inherent trade mark of democracy. If democracy is derailed or aborted, anarchy and authoritarianism will automatically follow.
“Today, as in the day of Abacha, Nigerians must rise up and do what they did in the time of Abacha. Churches and Mosques prayed. International community stood by us Nigerians. I was a beneficiary and my life was saved. Well-meaning Nigerians took appropriate actions and made sacrifices, some supreme, some less than supreme but God had the final say and He took the ultimate action.”
The late Sani Abacha, who was the military head of state from November 1993 till his death in June 1998, was alleged to have used dictatorial powers to rule the country.
Obasanjo was jailed for life in 1995 during Abacha’s regime over an alleged coup plot but was later released in 1998 after Abacha’s death.