Obasanjo rekindles hopes for a better Nigeria

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday expressed optimism that Nigeria would still attain greater heights and occupy an enviable position in the comity of nations.

Obasanjo said this in Abeokuta while addressing newsmen after a closed-door meeting with Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The elder statesman who described the meeting as unscheduled, stated that his doors would remain open to all and sundry by virtue of the position he occupied in the nation.

Obasanjo said his heart was gladdened because the discussion between the duo centred on development of Nigeria and not on party politics.

“One thing that Secondus told me that is sweet music in my ears is that although he was here as PDP Chairman, but that he had come to discuss the Nigeria situation,” he said.

Obasanjo who expressed concern about the situation of the country said the country’s development should be of paramount importance to anyone who loves the nation.

“Nigeria is not where it is supposed to be and may even degenerate if the right things are not done.

“Although the situation may be bad, but it is not hopeless and not irredeemable.

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“I am an incurable believer as far as Nigeria’s destiny is concerned.

“All we need to do is to join hands together to build a common front and forge ahead

” I am sure Nigeria will still be better and be great,” he said.

The elder statesman also emphasised on the need to enlist international supports and tap from their wealth of experience.

Obasanjo urged Secondus to ensure that his love for Nigeria was not sacrificed on the altar of partisan politics.

“Where it is necessary to wear the party cap, wear it; but where you need to wear the Nigerian leadership cap, please wear it,” he said.

Responding, Secondus described Obasanjo as a global citizen who is vast on issues relating to nation-building.

The PDP National Chairman confirmed that his discussion with Obasanjo was centred on Nigeria adding that, “we need the advice of elders to move the nation forward”.

He added that politicians could only practise politics conveniently in a peaceful environment.

“I am happy about this visit because our elder statesman has rekindled our hope in Nigeria and we are going out with a renewed hope about Nigeria” he said.

In another development,  the Police Service Commission (PSC) has set up a panel to study the documents available to it on the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Mr Abba Kyari.

The Head of Press and Public Relations of PSC, Ikechukwu Ani announced this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

The newsmen recall that Kyari was on July 31 suspended by the PSC, following recommendation by the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba.

The recommendation followed a bribery allegation brought against him by the U.S Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The FBI had alleged that the suspended DCP was paid a bribe by a serial internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, to arrest one of his friends in a $1.1million deal.

Ani said that the PSC panel would examine the facts of the allegations as contained in the FBI indictment, as well as the extant rules to keep abreast with the matter, pending the submission of the Police Investigative Panel report.

The panel, headed by Mr Tijani Mohammed, the Director of Discipline in the commission, would gather and document relevant information on Kyari in view of it being a disciplinary matter, Ani said.

He added that the idea was to analyse the information gathered and make appropriate recommendation/s to the commission.

The PSC spokesman said the report of the panel would assist the commission take an informed decision after the submission of the Police Investigative Panel report.

He said the panel had already been inaugurated by the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Commission, Alhaji Abubakar Ismaila.



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