Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has predicted that despite the current challenges, Nigeria will get better in no distant future.
Chief Obasanjo made the submission on Friday in Akure, the Ondo State capital during the 94th birthday celebration of Afenifere leader, Pa Rueben Fasoranti.
Earlier, Pa Fasoranti who said though he was grateful for life and has lived a personally fulfilled life, expressed disappointment at the current state of Nigeria as a nation.
“I am still here with you because of the grace of God and even though as an individual I am fulfilled, I regret to say that all is not well with the country.
“No thanks to the insecurity of life and property, worsening unemployment of abIe-bodied citizens leading to all manners of crimes, threatening famine which is a conspiracy between mother nature and the ravaging of the land by ever-surging marauders and so on,” Fasoranti had lamented.
However, in his response, Chief Obasanjo who noted that though he shares the frustrations of the Yoruba leader, he believes Nigeria has a glorious future.
He expressed optimism that Nigeria will rise out of its present challenges and predicaments to become a pride among nations of the world.
Obasanjo further expressed hope that this will happen during Pa Fasoranti’s lifetime.
Obasanjo said, “Baba, I feel your sense of frustration. That you are saying this is not the Nigeria of my dream, the Nigeria I laboured for all my life or a seemingly hopeless Nigeria.
“I want to assure you that I have a vision of a new Nigeria. I see a new understanding among Nigerians. New awareness among Nigerians, new realization among Nigerians.
“As long as there is life, there is no end to working for Nigeria. We have nothing else to do except to follow your examples.
“When the time comes, my prayer is that you will see Nigeria of your dream that you have laboured for, the Nigeria our founding fathers wished for.
“Not Nigeria without development and a nation without security. In your lifetime we will have Nigeria of your dream.”
Meanwhile, Fasoranti’s autobiography entitled “My Life, My Legacy (Service with Integrity and Excellence) was also unveiled at the event on Friday which was attended by many dignitaries including the governors of Ondo and Ekiti – Rotimi Akeredolu and Kayode Fayemi.
Source: Naija News