Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has said that he will not rest until Nigeria’s fortune turns around for good.
He said this on Thursday while receiving Kabiru Taminu Turaki, a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
Turaki, a presidential aspirant, had led a 10-man delegation including Boni Haruna, a former governor of Adamawa State.
Obasanjo said the country was suffering from a lack of good leaders. He again stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government was incapable of taking the country to where it ought to be.
“Why are we underperforming? Simple, leadership. What you are saying in simple language is that we are not short of leadership that can perform and that leadership should be given an opportunity.
“A nation can be destroyed not necessarily by people who are doing bad things but people who keep quiet when bad things are being done. They are worse enemy of the nation as much as those who are doing bad things.
“For me, I’ll continue not to rest until we get this country to where God wants this country to be. There is no permanent arrangement for the indivisibility of Nigeria. I share your concern but I believe that no one can do it alone. And for me, anybody who will lead Nigeria to the Promised Land, will have my support.
“We are in a position to do better than we are doing but in a situation of the world today, where whatever is happening can be seen instantly, we have to create a good image to the world. But some of the things we do advertently or inadvertently are not creating that good image,” he said.
Obasanjo praised Turaki for keeping the hope of the country’s democracy alive. He also stated that he is hopeful the country would eventually get it right.
“Let me say that what is happening here today or what you’re making to happen with your delegation particularly gladdens my heart.
“You are firming up and stabilising our democracy. Democracy is not a destination but a journey and there is no nation that can claim to have reached the final destination.
“We have said a lot of things that we have identified about what we need to put right as a country. What do we lack? Why are we not where we should be?
“We are so divided today the way we have not been before. People are deprived socially and economically. But you know I have never lost hope. The reasons are many but one of them is what we are having here today.”