Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has implored politicians and those in government to prioritise the security and economy of the nation, rather than the current agitation about the 2023 general elections.
Obasanjo made this call on Thursday, August 19, when he met with the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
While the polls are equally important, the major focus should be on the challenges facing the country; and impeding its growth and development, the former President noted.
Obasanjo also decried that the country has not attained its destined position in the comity of states after many failed opportunities.
Despite the current situation which he described as bad but not unredeemable; Obasanjo is hopeful that the country will be great again with justice and equity.
In his remarks, Secondus commended the leadership quality of the former president; and one of the founding fathers of the main opposition party.
Amid the recent disagreements within the party, he is confident that the PDP is emerging stronger; ahead of the forthcoming elections.
“We discussed at length and he has rekindled hope as far as we are concerned that Nigeria will be great again; and we are going out here with our hope strengthened that by the special grace of God, we will have a (better) country,” Secondus said.
Meanwhile, a report from the International Foundation for Peace Building and Social Justice has said 3,186 Nigerians were killed; between January and June 2021 by Boko Haram insurgents and bandits.
The report issued on Thursday, August 19, further stated that 2,963 persons were abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents; while 161 were injured during various violent attacks across the country within the period.
“In the past six months, data reports by PSJ Data Team revealed at least 3,186 persons have been killed; 2,963 abducted and 161 injured across Nigeria by Boko Haram insurgents.
“Over the last five years, there have been a concentration of atrocities in the northern part of the country; and though it still remains the epicentre, the violence has found its way into the southern parts of the country,” the report revealed.
Further details of the report showed that the Northwest region of Nigeria accounted for most of the incidents; with Zamfara and Kaduna states recording more deaths in the region.
Borno state in Northeast came second while North Central states of Benue, Niger and Plateau came third on the report.