Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Thursday ruling Nigeria requires passion and “madness.”
Obasanjo stated this when he hosted a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, at his penthouse residence in the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He said Nigeria was in a critical need of a leader driven by passion and madness to put it on the right footing.
After his meeting with Hayatu-Deen, Obasanjo also hosted the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, who is vying for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket.
The ex-President said he was perturbed as many other Nigerians on the current situation in the country.
He insisted that Nigeria requires a leader with passion, innovation, and vision for the country.
He said Nigeria can overcome its security challenges within two years with the right leader who would be willing to make tough decisions.
Obasanjo said: “It is an agonising situation for you, obviously, and also for me. I want to emphasise the point that the Nigerian situation, as bad as it is, will only be put right by Nigerians at the forefront of our situation. So, Nigerians have to brace themselves up to do what needs to be done to put Nigeria back on the right path.
“And you are right in saying that, wherever you go now, one of the things you hear is that Nigeria is not on the table, but why shouldn’t Nigeria be on the table? What does it cost Nigeria to be on the table?
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“I will say four things, of which I was reminded this morning. One is knowledge. If Nigeria is not at the table, maybe the knowledge that we should have of ourselves, of our situation, of our continent, and indeed of the world is not that adequate, if that knowledge is adequate, we will do what is right, when it is right and how it is right.
“The second is vision, what is the vision that we have? And…
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