SOKOTO State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has described former president, Olusegun Obasanjo as an important statesman who should still be consulted on national issues.
At the end of a private meeting described as unscheduled, with the former president at his home in Ogun State on Saturday, Tambuwal said that Nigerians will always learn from him.
Obasanjo’s Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, in a statement, titled, ‘Obasanjo still relevant for consultations on issues of governance and challenges,’ confirmed that the governor met with Obasanjo behind closed doors.
Tambuwal described the meeting as successful, and noted that he was glad that he met the former president in good health.
He said: “Baba is our leader and statesman. And it is always good for us to come around to see how he is doing, pay homage and consult him on very many issues of governance.
“That is why we have come this afternoon. And we brought him the greetings and felicitations of the good people of Sokoto State.
“We shall continue to learn from him, drink from his wealth of experience and fountain of his knowledge and wisdom on issues of governance and challenges of today.
“We pray that God Almighty shall continue to give him good health as I have met him today and may he and all of us survive this COVID-19 pandemic.”
Speaking on the governance in Sokoto, the Governor stated that his administration has brought back stability after recent attacks by bandits.
He said: “We are reestablishing peace in the northern part of the state, where we have been having challenges of banditry.
“Peace is returning, and people are back to their farms and villages. Those of them in the Internally Displaced People’s camps are back in their homes and villages now.
“We are doing our best as a State Government to ensure that we engender security. And we are doing our best to provide development and employment for our people.