…as Both Attend Church Service in Otuoke
FORMER president Olusegun Obasanjo says there cannot be peace in Nigeria “unless we preach, we teach, and practice reconciliation.’’
Obasanjo made this statement when he former Nigerian leader, Goodluck Jonathan in his hometown Otuoke in Bayelsa State at the weekend.
Obasanjo’s visit was a reciprocal of Jonathan’s trip to Abeokuta, where he was hosted by the former military Head of State as part of reconciliation process between the two.
“What touched me most in this short gathering is the children coming forward and singing the welcome song and dressing in the attire of different cultures, different tribes and different linguistic groups in Nigeria, Obasanjo said.
“And for me, that underpins the homily you (Rev. Oruwari) gave to us — reconciliation.
“And unless we have peace, we will not have development; and unless we have development, we will not have growth; and if we do not have growth, we will not come out of poverty.
“Even if some of us are exceptionally lucky and they are able to get out, the majority of us will be ridden in poverty and that is not what God has ordained for this country.
“What God has ordained for this country is for this country to be a land flowing with milk and honey; a land of plenty and a land of prosperity,” he said.
Obasanjo, who attended a church service with Jonathan described the immediate past president of Nigeria as “my brother, my colleague and my friend.”