Posted by Godwin Onyemaechi
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday described Nigeria’s situation as “very bad but not irredeemable.”
Obasanjo said every right-thinking individual knows where Nigeria is descending to if no urgent step was taken to arrest the drift.
The elder statesman, who expressed concerns the nation was not where it ought to be, spoke when he received the national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, at his Penthouse within Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.
He revealed that Secondus had not visited him for reason of partisan politics but because he was concerned about the disturbing the situation of the country.
Obasanjo said: “You have not visited me because of partisan politics but you have visited me as a person who is concerned about where Nigeria is and where Nigeria may be descending into if the right action is not taken.
“And I couldn’t agree with you more, every right-thinking Nigerian and every lover of Nigeria will agree that Nigeria is not what it should be today, unless there is something else wrong with them. “The situation is bad, very bad, but the situation is not irredeemable. That is where the hope lies.
The situation is very bad, but it is not hopelessly irredeemable. Therefore we need all hands on deck. Let’s put partisan politics apart and think of what we can do to get Nigeria to where it is supposed to be and move Nigeria forward
Also speaking to newsmen after his meeting with Obasanjo, Secondus he came to Abeokuta with his team to tap from the wealth of experience in his host.
“I am here with the members of my team and as well as the PDP executives in Ogun State to tap from the wealth of Baba’s knowledge as a statesman.
“It has been very difficult lately because Baba is a global personality, resolving issues across the world. In fact, the last place I learnt Baba visited was Afghanistan, despite the situation in that country, he went there and came back alive
“So, my team and I are very grateful and we give glory to God. We have discussed Nigeria. Nigeria first before any other thing.
“Yes, we belong to a political party, but if we don’t have a country, where do we practice the democracy? We need to have a peaceful country where democracy can strive and at this point we need Chief Obasanjo to come in with solutions.
“We are aware of the insecurity, the poor economy, banditry, kidnapping all over the country; and we can’t continue to watch without reaching out to the elders so that they can come to gather and advise the present government. That is the duty of a statesman,” Secondus said.