Former President Olusegun Obasanjo described Nigeria’s situation on Thursday as “very bad, but not irretrievable”.
Obasanjo said any sane person will know where Nigeria is going if urgent steps are not taken to stop the drift.
The elderly statesman, voicing concerns that the nation is not where it should be, spoke when he met the National Democratic Party (PDP) leader, Uche Secondus, in his penthouse in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, received.
He revealed that Secondus did not visit him for party political reasons, but rather out of concern about the unsettling situation in the country.
Obasanjo said, “You did not visit me about partisan politics, but you did visit me as a person who was concerned about where Nigeria is and where Nigeria might be relegated if the right measures are not taken.
“And I couldn’t agree with you anymore, any right-thinking Nigerian and any Nigerian lover will agree that Nigeria is not what it should be today unless something else is wrong with them.
“The situation is bad, very bad, but the situation is not irretrievable. That is where hope lies. The situation is very bad, but not hopelessly irretrievable. That’s why we need all hands on deck. Let’s dismantle partisan politics and think about what we can do to get Nigeria where it should be and move Nigeria forward. “
He and his team also came to Abeokuta in conversation with journalists after his meeting with Obasanjo, Secondus, in order to benefit from his host’s wealth of experience.
“I’m here with the members of my team and PDP leaders in Ogun State to draw on the wealth of Baba’s knowledge as a statesman.
“It has been very difficult lately because Baba is a global personality who solves problems all over the world. In fact, the last place I found out was that Baba visited Afghanistan, despite the situation in that country, he went there and came back alive.
“So, my team and I are very grateful and we honor God. We talked about Nigeria. Nigeria first before everything else.
“Yes, we belong to a political party, but if we don’t have a country, where do we practice democracy? We need a peaceful country where democracy can strive, and at this point we need Chief Obasanjo to find solutions.
“We are aware of the insecurity, bad economy, banditry and kidnappings across the country; and we cannot continue to watch without contacting the elders so they can assemble and advise the current government. That is the duty of a statesman, ”said Secondus.