- Obasanjo, Abdulsalami, Sultan of Sokoto, others have concluded plans to meet President Buhari over insecurity.
Elder statesmen in the country under the aegis of the Committee for the Goodness of Nigeria (CGN) have concluded plans to meet President Muhammadu Buhari over the security challenges bewildering the country, EKO HOT BLOG has gathered.
This was made known by the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, after the CGN meeting in Abuja on Friday.
Obasanjo disclosed that the members of the CGN have agreed in principle to formally present their resolutions to President Buhari before any public disclosure.
The former President, who offered an insight into what was discussed at their Thursday meeting, noted that the elder statesmen discussed issues bordering on security, economy, welfare, well-being, unity, and progress of Nigeria.
Obasanjo said, “We are made up of former heads of state and presidents, former Chief Justice of Nigeria, and former National Security Adviser. CGN also comprises the organised labour, academia, women, and other groups. Those who couldn’t be physically present like former President Goodluck Jonathan, Prof Wole Soyinka, and Emeka Anyaoku, sent apologies.
“We acknowledged the letter written in response to our own letter informing the President of our meeting and his goodwill message was that the outcome of our meeting would be of interest to him.
“We spoke frankly among ourselves after discussing relevant issues of security and economy. We were long on statements but short on action. We decided that our communiqué won’t be issued until after submitting our report to the President.”
The former President added that Nigerians would soon be aware of the motive of the coalition through its actions, saying, “Actions on our part and other people’s part that are of immediate requirements, you will be seeing them.
“We pledge to ourselves to change the narrative. We have to start building confidence and be reaching out. From now on, you will hear from our actions on the outcome of our deliberations,” Obasanjo stated.
Among those present at the Thursday meeting include the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan; former military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.); and former National Security Adviser, General Aliyu Gusau (retd).
Others in attendance at the meeting were the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Etsu Nupe, Dr Yahaya Abubakar; former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Kanu Agabi (SAN); Otunba Tunde Fasawe; and former Minister of Agriculture and Chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum, Chief Audu Ogbeh.
Also present at the meeting include the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, and the President of Ohanaeze Ndi’gbo, Prof Ralph Obiozor.
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