Nigeria is currently confronting serious security challenges, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said there was the need for all hands to be on deck aside from having a leader who can provide the needed leadership to coordinate the efforts.
He spoke on Thursday, while responding to questions from Governor’s Office correspondents after paying Governor Seyi Makinde a courtesy call in his office.
The former president, who was in the Governor’s Office to pay a belated condolence visit on the governor on the demise of his mother and was in the state to attend a book launch in honor of a late political leader, Lamidi Adedibu,
said the most important aspect of dealing with the challenges facing the country is leadership, adding that the myriads of challenges in the areas of security, economy and political instability are not really new only that they have taken a new dimension.
“There are many challenges in Nigeria today. There are challenges of security, economy, political stability among others.”
“These challenges are not really new, except that they have taken a different dimension.”
“But human challenges are meant to be solved or overcome by human beings which means that all hands should be on deck.”
“I believe that the most important aspect of dealing with all the challenges we have is: one leadership, two, coming together, that is, all hands being on deck.”
“We all have to come together. But then, there must be leadership to get everybody to work.”
When asked to comment on the increasing call for the sack of the security chiefs as a means of tackling the insecurity issues in the country, the former President noted that: “I did not appoint security chiefs, how can I ask that they be sacked?”
Requested to offer advice to the security chiefs and the President, the Obasanjo said:
“If I have a fatherly advice for the security chiefs, I will not give them through the media.”