Former President Olusegun Obasanjo recently visited Afghanistan to mediate in the turmoil engulfing the Asian country, according to Uche Secondus, the embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Secondus, who has been pressured to resign as the party’s national chairman owing to infractions, praised Obasanjo as a “global celebrity” who “resolves difficulties all over the world” on Thursday.
The chairman believed that Obasanjo may step into the party’s dilemma and offer him (Secondus) his blessings based on his subtle statements.
After a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the chairman met with press at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.
The PDP Chairman said he came to Obasanjo as an elder statesman to advise the current government after the meeting, which lasted more than an hour.
“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 practise 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.”
In his words, Obasanjo maintained that though the situation of Nigeria was very bad, it was not irredeemable.
He asked Nigerians to set aside partisanship and think of working together to save Nigeria from collapsing.