Ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday had a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the pan-yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere at the residence of the group’s leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
The meeting lasted for 30 minutes as the ex-president called for the cooperation of the group to stop Nigeria from collapsing. He commended the Afenifere for working towards the interest of the country by fostering unity among its people.
He said;”I remember visiting Pa Abraham Adesanya thrice in Lagos before the 1999 election and I was asked to join Afenifere and Alliance for Democracy then, but I told them that AD was a cul-de-sac.
Pa Abraham told me that 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 Yorubaland, though they supported me in 2003 for my re-election. Our priority is now one. If we do not join hands to repair this country now, it will collapse and this could be disastrous.”
Pa Fasoranti in his remarks said that the group was solidly behind Obasanjo and his goal to save the country.
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 a crossroads; we are tired of the killings, kidnapping going on across the country and the President is mute 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.
Nothing is being done properly in this country presently. Look at the killings in the North. The President is very silent about it. We are all Nigerians. If he can keep silence about the killing of his people, that is bad enough.”
The Afenifere leader declared their support for an alliance of political parties geared towards ousting President Buhari in 2019.