On the panafrican newspaper Jeune Afrique, the former Nigerian Head of State Olusegun Obasanjo has discussed the crisis in the South-West and North-West regions and highlighted the dangers of the crisis.
In an interview on October 25, 2017 on Jeune Afrique, the former president explained his comprehension of the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon and federalism demanded by some English-speaking leaders.
For many years (from 1976 to 1979, then from 1999 to 2007), Obasanjo, who led the Federal State of Nigeria, explained that federalism is a good system of governance because “thanks to federalism, each party can express itself on the future of the country and move at its own pace without disturbing others. ” He underlined that in federalism each state has its executive, its judicial system, its legislative but a nationality, a currency and a common foreign policy. “The fears inspired by federalism are not justified,” said the retired General.
The former Nigerian President indicated that nationals of the North West and South West can feel a sense of exclusion. He urges the Cameroonian authorities to ensure that this impression disappears.
Obasanjo noted that he is willing to play the role of a mediator in the Anglophone crisis “if it contributes to peace”. The former Nigerian President is “ready to make the necessary sacrifices” to restore serenity in any country that requests it.
Regarding the idea of a new mandate for President Paul Biya in the year 2018, Obasanjo explained that it will be better for the Cameroonian President to leave power after having served the nation for a long time. “It’s up to each country and every leader to decide what’s best for them. But, as I said, after a while in power, we cannot add anything really new. When the leader clings to his position, violence can emerge, which isn’t really good for anyone,” Obasanjo advised.