Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma (third right), the wife, Barr. (Mrs) Chioma Uzodimma (2nd right), Ex- President Olusegun Obasanjo (centre), Deputy Governor, Prof Placid Njoku (2nd left) the wife, Dr. Bola and the former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim watch as Chief Obasanjo cuts the cake to celebrate his 85th birthday at the Banquet Hall Government House, Owerri…Tuesday.
‘Life without hope is meaningless’
By Valentine Amanze
Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has reminded Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State that his name, Hope, means a lot, stressing that “life without hope is meaningless.”
Obasanjo also told the governor that his own personal life [Obasanjo] revolved around hope, faith in God and love for humanilty.
Obasanjo gave the advice on Tuesday at the Banquet Hall of Imo State Government, Owerri during a dinner in his honour by the governor to mark the former president’s 85th birthday.
The former president, who said he was satisfied with the governor’s efforts to ensure peace in the state, urged him to work harder to find a lasting solution to insecurity.
He also appealed to the governor to engage the bad boys, regardless of who they are.
He identified three categories of bad boys as: those genuinely frustrated and angry, those who are being sponsored by politicians for political vendetta and those, who by nature are criminally-minded and wired to act true to type.
Besides, Obasanjo advised politicians to resolve their differences through dialogue and without violence.
His words: “We have to find a solution if insecurity remains a problem in our society.
“For the genuinely frustrated/ militants, we have to learn to deal with them by talking to them.”
In his remarks, Governor Uzodimma said that he was grateful of the opportunity and excited to receive Obasanjo whom he described as “our great leader” based on his Pan Nigerian disposition.