Nigeria Can Only Overcome Challenges With Good Leadership – Obasanjo


*visits Makinde in Ibadan

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan  

Former President, Chief  Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday said it is only with good leadership that Nigeria can  overcome the various challenges presently facing it.

The former President  who made this known in Ibadan during  a chat with journalists after paying  a courtesy visit on Governor Seyi Makinde  in his Agodi State secretariat, office in Ibadan declared that in addition to having good leadership, there is the need for all hands to be on deck for  solutions to be proffered to the various challenges facing the country 

Chief Obasanjo emphasized that the most important aspect of dealing with the challenges facing  Nigeria “is leadership” as  ” the myriads of challenges in the areas of security, economy and political instability are not really new only that they have taken a new dimension”.

“There are many challenges in Nigeria today. There are challenges of security, economy, political stability among others.These challenges are not really new, except that they have taken a different dimension.”, he said.

President Obasanjo added, ” But, human challenges are meant to be solved or overcome by human beings which means that all hands should be on deck.. I believe that the most important aspect of dealing with all the challenges we have is: one leadership, two, coming together, that is, all hands being on deck.We all have to come together. But then, there must be leadership to get everybody to work.”

On the increasing demands by some Nigerians  for the sack of the security chiefs in the country as a result of the increasing wave of insecurity in the country, Chief Obasanjo stressed  “I did not appoint security chiefs, how can I ask that they be sacked.”

Speaking on whether he could offer ‘fatherly’ advice to the security chiefs and the President, Chief Obasanjo said “If I have a fatherly advice for the security chiefs, I will not give them through the media.”

On his visit to Ibadan, Chief Obasanjo said the was at the Governors office to pay a belated condolence visit on the Governor on the demise of his mother and  to attend a book launch in honour of  late  Chief Lamidi Adedibu .

Governor Seyi Makinde while receiving Chief Obasanjo commended the former President for his efforts at national development

 “We want to welcome you to Ibadan. We have done quite a bit to follow your footstep because the major areas of focus for the government of Oyo State are in the areas of health, education, agriculture, physical infrastructure and security. And agriculture for us is the only way to take Oyo State from depending on federal allocation.

iHghlighting his various steps to transform and improve the state, especially in the areas of agriculture, security, education and health. Governor Makinde said ” and that is why we are fixing roads to the rural areas. That is also why we are turning some of the farm settlements into farm estates.”.

“There is one very close to your farm along Eruwa to Igbo-Ora road. I am sure in another one year and a half, by God’s grace, when we are commissioning that farm estate, we will come back to you to join us to commission the farm estate.After I became the governor-elect, I came to Abeokuta to see you and we spoke a little bit about the Ikere-Gorge Dam. Your first coming as the Military Head of State, the dam was built.

“Unfortunately, from that point till now, we have not been able to realise the potential and objective of that money that was spent there. But the road from Iseyin to Ikere is now to be fixed under the Rural Access Intervention Programme. It is a worldbank project.So, very soon, you will also see the full realization of value from that Dam. I make a promise to you that we will see to it.”


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