Former Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.
Saraki who spoke after the closed-door meeting that lasted 2 hours noted that Nigeria’s problems shouldn’t be left only to the ruling All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government.
“I think that when we talk about kidnapping, when we talk about sense of belonging, these are issues that go across party lines and what is required now is for government to provide leadership in bringing all stakeholders together. Let us discuss and see how we can address some of these issues.
“We are very hopeful for the future of this country; we are very hopeful that everybody will have a sense of belonging. I think it is important that we all must come to the table and discuss. We can tap into a lot of resources, even on the issue of security, there are lot of people with a lot of experience that we can make use of.
“My advice to government this time is that, this problem is a huge problem that cannot be left to just the government and the ruling party. I think this is the time the opposition, the ruling party and our international friends come together because the challenges before us are enormous and we need to address them.”
Saraki, who is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation and Strategy Committee, was joined in the meeting by former Governors, Ibrahim Dankwanbo (Gombe), Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Shehu Sema (Katsina) and former Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande Adeola.
On the PDP reconciliation committee visit to Obasanjo, Saraki said, “It is a very useful deliberation; we inform the former president why we are here – the purpose of the committee and that it is important as an elder statesman. The president is someone who has been in our party before and someone committed to the unity, to the success of this country.”
“We told him (Obasanjo) what we are trying to do, to reposition the party, we told him how important that is, the project Nigeria and he told us his commitment to Nigeria, that he will never shirk away from that responsibility to have a better Nigeria.
“Of course, as we all know that he (Obasanjo) is not partisan at the moment. His focus is on Nigeria, not on a party and that, he repeated to us.”
Saraki expressed hope that the crisis rocking the opposition Peoples Democratic Party would soon by resolved.
“I think that we are making some progress, there are people who were not ready to sit at the same table to discuss, we have been able to achieve that.
“We have given more time for ourselves in trying to do that and we are hopeful that in this month of March, we will begin to see a lot of progress that will unite the party and with that unity, we will also be able to bring in more members to our party,” the former Senate President said.
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