‘It’s not that hard to manage Nigeria,’ – Obasanjo tells Wike

Although Nigeria is a complex country, it isn’t that difficult to manage.

This is according to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Obasanjo said this when he received the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Monday.

Wike was in the company of Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom, and former governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, among others.

“There is one thing that I believe in and I have always said it over and over again, Nigeria is a complex country, but Nigeria is not a difficult country, if we are sincere and fair to ourselves, it is not a difficult country to manage and I wish him well,” Obasanjo said.

“I have always made a point that I have ceased to be a partisan politician. I don’t belong to any political party, but if politics is the welfare of the people, I cannot cease to be a politician, because I must always seek the welfare of the people.

“And of course, you all know what the situation of Nigeria is and anybody who doesn’t know that, is either not a Nigerian or is not being truthful to himself or herself and we need, as I often said, no one individual can say yes, I can do it because the situation Nigeria is today, we need all hands of all Nigerian to be on deck to restore Nigeria and that is what Governor Wike is saying to me”.

“If we talk about courage, he doesn’t lack it, and if you have courage and you have the conviction to speak your mind. Well, we have a saying in this part of the world that a person who speaks the truth all the time may not even get a mat spread for him because you will incur the displeasure of people, but you need the truth to be spoken and to get ourselves move Nigeria on the path of unity”.

“We cannot get unity if there is no justice if there is no fairness if there is no equity. And when you have the basic ingredients that will bring unity and inclusiveness, then all other things will take their positions.”

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