Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta State, met former President Olusegun Obasanjo behind closed doors on Tuesday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to Obasanjo’s Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, the meeting, which took place at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Penthouse residence in Abeokuta, was private.
Akinyemi cited Okowa as stating in a statement made available to journalists that his visit was part of a dialogue on the need to solve the nation’s socioeconomic and security concerns.
He stated that Nigeria is “badly distressed,” and that it is past time for leaders such as Obasanjo and other stakeholders to be contacted in order to find long-term solutions to the country’s problems.
“It is time for the country to join together, for all well-meaning individuals, for all stakeholders to consider Nigeria first.” During this time, we need everyone’s help.
“This is something that is endangering the fabric of our union and is not something we should be playing with,” Okowa was quoted as saying in the statement.
“The situation is becoming worrying,” he continued, “and it’s time for all hands to be on deck to find a solution.”
“As it stands today, the APC government would be unable to deal with it alone, and they need to find broad and far-reaching consultation, not just with those in government, but with all stakeholders, particularly those who have been involved in running this country before and now, including religious leaders, we need to sit together and discuss the way forward.”
Obasanjo, according to the governor, is “someone who genuinely understands Nigeria,” and the country needs to draw on his expertise and wisdom to address its difficulties.
Okowa, on the other hand, stated that he has not decided whether or not to run for president in 2023.
“As of now, I haven’t made up my mind.” The essential issue is not about myself, but about the country of Nigeria. Hope for the future. What level of agreement can we acquire in order to realize our dream? Our aim is to see Nigeria begin to progress in terms of security and economic standing. These are things we haven’t accomplished yet.”
“The country is so stretched, there is so much tension in the land, so much unemployment, so much inflation, and regrettably, the things that connect us are in jeopardy, and we cannot even be sure of tomorrow.” These are the issues we must address. “At the time, we must all join together to stem this tide of drift; it is the kind of thing we should be more worried about,” Okowa added.