Ex-president Obasanjo commends Buhari on steps in North East

Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East region.

Obasanjo lauded Buahri’s efforts during a visit to Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno at the Government House, Maiduguri.

“I know that he (Buhari) is very, very concerned about the insurgency. He has gotten it right that first of all there must be military ascendency over the insurgents,” he said.

Obasanjo expressed optimism that the insurgency would be over soon going by the successes recorded by the military in recent time.

“I do travel a lot in Africa and outside Africa. Where I have gone in recent times, what the people wanted to know is how Nigeria is coping with the situation of insurgency.

“I think we are not out of the wood yet, but it appeared we can see the light beyond the tunnel,” he said.

Obasanjo added: “There is no doubt that with the combined efforts at the local level, at the state level and at the federal level, even at the community level, that our security forces are on the ascendency over the forces of destruction and the menace of insurgency that we have experienced for almost six years now.’’

He expressed joy that socio-economic activities had begun to pick up in Maiduguri after many years of the insurgency.

“My experience from the airport to Government House is that what I experienced in 2011 is different from what I experienced today.

“There is evidence that things are changing, the situation is improving. We pray that by the end of this year no one will be in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp again,” Obasanjo said.
He condoled with the state government over lost of lives and property to the insurgency.

“I must commiserate with all our people in the state, and indeed the North East, who have been victims of the insurgency in the way that we have never experienced in the country before.

“There is no family in this state that had not really suffered in one form or the other. Please accept my condolence and that of my entire family.

“We pray that the souls of those who have lost their lives will be with their God,” Obasanjo said.
He appealed to political and opinion leaders in the country to educate Nigerians on the true situation in the North East by visiting the area frequently.

“I think the more we have men and women of goodwill within and outside Nigeria coming here to show that the situation is gradually getting to normal the better it is for all of us,” Obasanjo said.

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  • vic

    this ex ota farm thief and a banana republic man called, obasanjo, should remain quiet and not indulge in boot-licking of buhari. buhari will eventually lock-up this boot-licker thief.

    • Goodnews

      Vic… You are too arrogant in speech. You don’t address leaders like that.remember he is our first civilian president he deserves honour from us.
      And believe people like you can’t macht up with his calibre.

      • Mobolaji

        Goodnews….you are a man of after my humble heart. I think if Vic were in the shoes of those IDPs..he would appreciate what the current government is doing. “Way forward”!!!!

        • sammygrly

          nonsense blind youth

          • Mobolaji

            Very well…thank you for your kind and derogated response. This same ex-president did what he had to when in power after being through difficult times to became president to which No BOKO HARAM did not exist, no IDS in place etc…but still we have individual going back to history. How can we move forward to implement better policies for our country?. My question to you is for you to go and become a political icon and moreover be an aspiring presidential candidate and God willing a President…and see what you can do for your country. There will be people like you that will surely condemn you for your efforts. An Englishman saying “what goes comes back around”.

            Good luck.

          • vic

            and that is what is happening to these thieves of no conscience, no base, no character and nil trait of patriotism. it is all about grab, grab, nothing else.

          • vic

            a truthful patriot.

      • sammygrly

        He does not need to match up with his credibility, if you are a patriotic youth of Nigerian you should be abusing these past leaders for the suffering we are going through today. but true youths have all been tribalitilist or they have no conscience to blame the root of their suffering. they smile and praise thieves as if they have gone senile

        • vic

          you are true patriot.

      • vic

        i am a very easy going unassuming person without any arrogance, however he does not deserve my respect and he is a man of no calibre whatever, he is a real selfish thief without any base or sound character, sentiments aside. try to know more of him objectively.

        have a nice day, Goodnews.