Senator Ben Bruce has spoken on former president, Olusegun Obasanjo’s declaration that President Muhammadu Buhari has taken Nigeria back to the era of late General Sani Abacha.

Obasanjo, on Sunday in his state of the nation address which he tagged “Points for Concern and Action”, said just like the Abacha era, state institutions are being used to fight perceived enemies of the head of state.

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”.

Reacting, Ben Bruce said the position of the former leader was critical and the issues raised worrisome.

He tweeted: “The allegations raised today by former President Olusegun Obasanjo against President @MBuhari are very pertinent being that Obasanjo is one of the only few persons that knows the President through and through.

“He calls him a pathological liar. A disciple of Abacha. Are we safe?”

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