WE NOTIFIED BUHARI OF OUR MEETING – OBASANJO
President Muhammadu Buhari was informed about the June 10, 2021, meeting of some eminent Nigerians under the aegis of the Committee for the Goodness of Nigeria (CGN), contrary to speculations in some quarters, according to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Obasanjo who was one of the conveners of the meeting, said the members of the group agreed to formally present their resolutions to President Buhari before making it public, insisting that the President was notified of the coalition and its agenda prior to the meeting.
The meeting was attended by eminent Nigerians like the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar: His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan; former military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar; former National Security Adviser, General Aliyu Gusau; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 1; Etsu Nupe, Dr. Yahaya Abubakar; President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. Ralph Obiozor; former Attorney General of the Federation, Kanu Agabi (SAN); Otunba Tunde Fasawe; former Minister of Agriculture and Chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Chief Audu Ogbeh, as well as the President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba.
Giving some insights into what the CGN discussed, the former President said yesterday in Abuja that the meeting majored on issues “concerning security, economy, wellbeing and unity and progress of Nigeria.”
He said: “We are made up of former Heads of states and Presidents, former Chief Justices of Nigeria, former National Security Advisers. It also included organised Labour, academia, women and group representatives. Those who couldn’t be physically present like the immediate past President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, Prof. Wole Soyinka and Emeka Anyaoku, sent apologies.
“We acknowledged the letter written in response to our own letter informing the President about our meeting and his goodwill message that the outcome of our meeting will be of interest to him.
“We spoke frankly amongst ourselves after discussing relevant issues of security and economy. We were long on statements but short on action. We decided that our communique wouldn’t be issued until after submitting our report to the President.”
The former President said Nigerians would become aware of the coalition’s motives through its actions.
“Actions on our part and other people’s part that are of immediate requirements, you will be seeing them. We pledge to ourselves to change the narratives; we have to start building confidence and be reaching out. From now on, you will hear from our actions on the outcome of our deliberations.”