- Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, has said that he is optimist that Nigeria would become great again
- Obasanjo made this known in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state, on Thursday, August 19, after meeting with Secondus
- The ex-president noted that the country’s development should be of paramount importance to anyone who loves the nation
The Punch reports that Obasanjo said his heart was gladdened because the discussion between the duo centred on the development of Nigeria.
Legit.ng gathered that the former president noted that said this in Abeokuta on Thursday, August 19, while addressing newsmen after a closed-door meeting with Secondus.
Obasanjo, who described the meeting as unscheduled, stated that his doors would remain open to all and sundry by virtue of the position he occupied in the nation.
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“One thing that Secondus told me that is sweet music in my ears is that although he was here as PDP chairman but that he had come to discuss the Nigeria situation.”
The ex-president also expressed optimism that Nigeria would still attain greater heights and occupy an enviable position in the comity of nations.
He, however, showed concern about the situation of the country, adding that the country’s development should be of paramount importance to anyone who loves the nation.
“Nigeria is not where it is supposed to be and may even degenerate if the right things are not done. Although the situation may be bad, it is not hopeless and not irredeemable.
“I am an incurable believer as far as Nigeria’s destiny is concerned. All we need to do is to join hands together to build a common front and forge ahead. I am sure Nigeria will still be better and be great."
He urged Secondus to ensure that his love for Nigeria was not sacrificed on the altar of partisan politics.
The elder statesman stated:
“Where it is necessary to wear the party cap, wear it; but where you need to wear the Nigerian leadership cap, please wear it."
In his response, Secondus described Obasanjo as a global citizen who is vast on issues relating to nation-building.
He confirmed that his discussion with Obasanjo was centred on Nigeria, adding that, “we need the advice of elders to move the nation forward.”
According to him, politicians could only practise politics conveniently in a peaceful environment.
“I am happy about this visit because our elder statesman has rekindled our hope in Nigeria and we are going out with a renewed hope about Nigeria.”
Secondus meets Obasanjo as PDP crisis worsens ahead of 2023
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Secondus met with former president Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun state on Thursday, August 19.
It was reported that Secondus arrived at Obasanjo’s Penthouse residence at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Oke Mosan, around mid-noon.
The PDP chairman’s visit is not unconnected with the internal crisis within the ranks of the opposition party.