Nigeria’s situation bad, hopefully not irredeemable – Obasanjo
Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday described Nigeria’s situation as bad, quickly adding that it is, hopefully, redeemable despite the challenges bedevilling the nation.
Obasanjo said that though “the situation in Nigeria is bad but not very bad; it is not irredeemable.”
He said that if the right steps are not taken by the federal government, the country might be descending into a situation that will not be palatable.
The ex-president stated this shortly after a closed-door meeting with the national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
He noted that Secondus’ visit was not about partisan politics but to express concern on how the country would move out of her current situation.
The octogenarian said that every well-meaning Nigerian would agree with him that the country was not where it should be but expressed hope that the nation could be redeemed from her current challenges.
He 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 also agree with that about Nigeria, unless there is something else wrong with them.”
“The situation is bad, but not 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 on the 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,” he added.