Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, has appealed to the leaders of Afenifere, a pan-Youruba socio-political organisation, to collaborate with him to revamp and save the country from an unprecedented collapse.
Obasanjo said this on Monday when he visited Reuben Fasoranti, leader of the organisation, at his residence in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Recalling his past encounters with the late Abraham Adesanya, the group’s former leader, Obasanjo said the group’s commitment in promoting the South-West’s interest was clearly visible when they refused to support his presidential bid in 1999, despite being a Yourba indigene.
“I remember visiting Pa Abraham Adesanya thrice in Lagos before the 1999 election and I was asked to join Afenifere and the Alliance for Democracy then, but I told them that AD was cul-de-sac.
“Pa Abraham told me if I joined, things would change but I refused to join them. I went back the second time but they refused to work for my emergence.
“I went there again the third time but Afenifere maintained their stand, they refused to vote for me but I secured my votes outside Yoruba land, though they supported me in 2003 for my re-election”, Obasanjo said.
He, however, declared that his priority and that of the group must be one if they are to save the country from disaster.
Obasanjo said, “Our priority is now one, if we do not join hands to repair this country now, it will collapse and this can be disastrous.”
Responding, Fasoranti commended Obasanjo for his struggle to make Nigeria a better place and assured him of the support of Afenifere to join hands with him in the struggle.
Stating the group’s unhappiness with the state of the country, Fasoranti also said Afenifere endorsed the open letters written by the former president criticising the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fasoranti said, “We want to encourage you in your struggle to make Nigeria the best. You are fearless and that is one of the traits of a good leader.
“We have been watching you and your dreams of a better Nigeria shall be realised. Nigerians are at the crossroads, we are tired of the killings, kidnapping going on across the country and the President is mute and silence about it.
“We are in full support of all the letters written by Obasanjo to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the nation. We are dissatisfied with the state of affairs in the country. The country is not being run properly.”