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Saraki Meets Obasanjo, Seeks Concerted Efforts To Tackle Banditry, Others

                •Saraki and Obasanjo 


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Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation and Strategic Committee, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called for concerted efforts to tackle banditry, kidnapping and snatching of school children in the country.

Saraki advised President Mohammadu Buhari to involve the PDP and other opposition political  parties, international friends and other critical stakeholders while searching for lasting solution to the challenges.

The former President of the Senate gave the advice on Tuesday  while addressing reporters after two - hour long close door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, the Ogun state.

He urged President Buhari to provide the  leadership required to bring all stakeholders to deliberate on the best way forward in respect of the nation's security challenges and other pressing issues.

He said concerted efforts were needed  to tackle the security problems facing Nigeria as it was obvious that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or the President won't be able to surmount them unassisted.
The former governor of Kwara State was accompanied to Obasanjo residence by former governors - Ibrahim Dankwanbo (Gombe), Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Shehu Sema (Katsina) and former Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande Adeola.

He said: "These are issues that cross party lines and what is required now, is for government to provide leadership in bringing all stakeholders together. Let us discuss and see how we can address some of these issues.

 "I think what is important for us now as I keep on repeating is that these issues are issues that should involve everybody. I think that when we talk about kidnapping, when we talk about sense of belonging, these are issues that cut across part lines and what is required now is for government to provide leadership in bringing all stakeholders together. Let us discuss and see how we can address some of these issues.

"We are very hopeful for the future of this country, we are very hopeful that everybody will have a sense of belonging. I think it is important that we all must be able to be on the table and discuss.

"We can tap into a lot of resources, even on the issue of security, there are lot of people with a lot of experience that we can make use of. 

"My advice to government this time is that this problem is a huge problem that cannot be left to just the government and the ruling party, I think this is the time the opposition, the ruling party, our international friends, the private we for and all of us must come together on the round table because the challenges before us are enormous and we need to address them.

"As we talk about lots of politicians, we talk about 2023, we still have two years before that and it our responsibility that all of us to see that during those two years we all work to address that, but the initiative must come from the government. I think once government does that, then my own advice is that everybody that has something to contribute should be able to come together and see how people will have a sense of belonging. Part of that sense of belonging is to be on the table to be able to discuss way forward for this country".

Saraki expressed the optimism that the PDP would soon resolve all its crisis, saying "I think that we are making some progress, there are people who were not ready to sit on the same table to discuss, we have been able to achieve that. We have given more time for ourselves in trying to do that and we are hopeful that in this month of March, we will begin to see a lot of progress, that will unite the party and with that unity will be also be able to bring in more membership  to our party."

He also dismissed  the report of planned removal of PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, saying it was all rumour and propaganda.

Speaking on the meeting with Obasanjo, Saraki said: "We told him (Obasanjo) what we are trying to do, to reposition the party, we told him how important that is, the project Nigeria and he told us his commitment to Nigeria, that he will never shirk away from that responsibility to have a better Nigeria.

"Of course, like we all know that he (Obasanjo) not partisan at the moment, his focus in on Nigeria, not on party and that he repeated to us".

He equally expressed optimism that the lingering crisis in Ogun State chapter of PDP would be resolved before 2023.

"Ogun state like some of the other states that we have had issues for many years, you are aware that this is not something that started today. I don't want to speak too early, we have already started discussion and we are hopeful that we will finally find amicable solution where all stakeholders in Ogun will be able to work together, I'm very hopeful about that. 

"I think what is important for us now as I keep on repeating is that these issues are issues that should involve everybody. I think that when we talk about kidnapping, when we talk about sense of belonging, these are issues that cross part lines and what is required now is for government to provide leadership in bringing all stakeholders together. Let us discuss and see how we can address some of these issues.

"We are very hopeful for the future of this country, we are very hopeful that everybody will have a sense of belonging. I think it is important that we all must be able to be on the table and discuss," Saraki concluded.


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