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Arising from their Abuja meeting, elder statesmen in the country under the auspices of Committee for the Goodness of Nigeria, CGN, have refused to publicize the outcome of their meeting.
Commenting on the resolution, former President Olusegun Obasanjo told reporters on Abuja that the CGN had agreed to present its communique to President Muhammadu Buhari, who Obasanjo said was duly notified of the meeting and its agenda.
Obasanjo said members of the CGN agreed in principle to formally present their resolutions to President Buhari before any public disclosure, Punch reports.
The former president, however, gave an insight into what was discussed at their Thursday meeting, which he said bothered on issues of security, economy, welfare, well-being, unity and progress of Nigeria.
He said, “We are made up of former heads of state and presidents, former Chief Justice of Nigeria, and former National Security Adviser. CGN also comprises of the organised labour, academia, women and other groups. Those who couldn’t be physically present like former President Goodluck Jonathan, Prof Wole Soyinka, and Emeka Anyaoku, sent apologies.
“We acknowledged the letter written in response to our own letter informing the President of our meeting and his goodwill message was that the outcome of our meeting would be of interest to him.
“We spoke frankly among ourselves after discussing relevant issues of security and economy. We were long on statements but short on action. We decided that our communiqué won’t be issued until after submitting our report to the President.”
Obasanjo said Nigerians would soon be aware of the motive of the coalition 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 narrative. 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,” he said.
Among those present at the Thursday meeting were the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan; former military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.); and former National Security Adviser, General Aliyu Gusau (retd).
Others in attendance at the meeting were the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Etsu Nupe, Dr Yahaya Abubakar; former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Kanu Agabi (SAN); Otunba Tunde Fasawe; and former Minister of Agriculture and Chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum, Chief Audu Ogbeh.
Also sighted at the meeting were the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, and the President of Ohanaeze Ndi’gbo, Prof Ralph Obiozor.
This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.
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