Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has lamented that Nigerians are no longer safe anywhere in the country.
He expressed the concern at his residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Saturday while receiving Ugochukwu Williams, a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former president demurred that citizens are no longer sure of their safety whenever they travel by road, through the airport or in train.
Obasanjo said the country was in a very serious situation as the security challenges had overwhelmed the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“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.”
His comments might have been reinforceed by the deadly attack on a train at Kateri-Rijana area of Kaduna state, on Monday night, which left several people dead and scores injured.
A few hours after the incident, gunmen also invaded the railway station in the Gidan area of the state.
On Thursday, too, suspected bandits reportedly barricaded the Kaduna-Abuja road and abducted many travellers.