Obasanjo Says He’s Optimistic That Nigeria Will Bounce Back Great Again
Nigeria former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that he has a great conviction that Nigeria would bounce back great again despite the hardship currently drowning it.
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Obasanjo, speaking on Friday, February 16, added that he would continue to speak his mind by talking to those in power whenever he observed somethings are not done in the right way.
Reports gathered that the Ogun state icon made this comment during an interactive session with students of the Ijaw national academy tagged: ‘A day with chief Olusegun Obasanjo’ in the outskirt of Yenegoa, Bayelsa state.
The former president was responding to questions from the students who wanted to know his impression about security issues bedeviling Nigeria, including farmer-herder clashes, kidnapping, Boko Haram, militancy and political uncertainty.
The programme was part of the sixth anniversary of Henry Seriake Dickson’s governorship.
Obasanjo remarked: “Those in Dickson’s category are building on what we did.”
Asked if he had any regrets, Obasanjo said: “I did all I could do while in power but I wasn’t perfect. Only God is perfect. I have no regrets; I did enough with the resources at my disposal. I would have done more if the resources were more.”
“As military head of state, my greatest challenge was when our government with late General Murtala Muhammed was toppled.”
“And as elected president, my greatest challenge was that it is different from military government. As military head of state, I had no political party, no national assembly, and no opposition. But then, in a democratic system, I had to contend with opposition, my political party (the PDP); the national assembly that I had to satisfy and even outsiders including ASUU,” he said.
The former president commissioned various projects in Bayelsa, including a state specialists hospital, drug distribution centre and others, commending Dickson for people-oriented projects in the last six years.
The Bayelsa state governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, giving his position, said for any country to prosper, its leaders must heavily invest on its youths through education, hence his resolve to build schools across the state, and the disbursement of scholarships to thousands, both at home and abroad.
Nigeria News had reported that Bayelsa state governor, Dickson reveals what opposition party, PDP must do to get back to power come 2019 elections.