- Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria needs to act on the issue of security
- The former president stated that if one state is in peace, it goes a long way to makes for stability in Nigeria
- Obasanjo also suggested that the younger generation should be accommodated in Nigeria's political leadership
Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday, February 16, said that one of the things Nigeria needs to do and do well is the issue of security, The Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the former president stated this during a courtesy visit on the traditional rulers council where he was conferred with automatic Bayelsa State citizenship and chieftaincy title in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital.
Obasanjo also inaugurated the Bayelsa State Drug Distribution Company, the state ultra-modern Diagnostic Centre and other projects and some projects done by Governor Seriake Dickson.
He expressed shock over the rapid transformation which Dickson had brought to Bayelsa State within six years and commended him for the relative peace he had maintained in the state since his six year administration, urging other states in the country to emulate him in that regard.
He said: “One of the things that struck me about your (Dickson’s) administration is the relative peace that you have maintained in the state. I do not know how you have done it, may be we should all come to learn under your tutelage.
“This is so because one of the things we need to do and do well today in this country is the issue of security. Security is, and of course, stability.
“The point is this: If one state is in peace, secured and safe in Nigeria, it is an example to others and it goes a long way because the aggregate peacefulness, the aggregate security and the aggregate security is what makes for peace, security and stability of our country.
“You called me a Bayelsan and I ought to be. I said to the governor that any good man must feel proud to be called a Bayelsan. Because here, you have seen real transformation. If there is a place where you can say, come and see transformation taking place, this is one place in the country.”
He therefore suggested that the younger generation should be accommodated in the nation’s political leadership because “although they are future leaders, tomorrow might not come again.”
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In a previous report by NAIJ.com, former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, arrived in Bayelsa state for a three-day working visit.
The former president was invited by the governor of the state, Seriake Dickson to commission some government projects.
Obasanjo arrived in the state on Friday, February 16, and was received by the state governor.
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