Former president Goodluck Jonathan has said he believes President Muhammadu Buhari and the 36 state governors are working hard to resolve the insecurity crisis bedevilling the country.
Jonathan said this when he paid a condolence visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at Government House, Asaba, the Delta State capital, on Friday over the recent demise of the governor’s father, Okorie Okowa.
According to the former president, there needs to be a synergy between the president, governors, security chiefs, and other stakeholders in order to effectively address the security crisis.
He said: “I believe that with the commitment of the governors and the Federal Government, we will be able to address the issue of insecurity in the country.
“I believe that the President himself is not sleeping and that the governors are not sleeping as well over the insecurity challenge in the country.
“As long as the governors, the President, and all the security agencies can work together, Nigeria will be able to cross over this very ugly phase of societal evolution.”
Jonathan also debunked speculations that he will contest for the 2023 presidential election, insisting that he will continue to serve God, humanity, Africa to the best of his ability.
He said: “On the rumour of my interest in the 2023 presidential election, it was mere speculation.
“I will continue to serve God, humanity, Africa, and the world to the best of my ability and with all sense of commitment and sincerity.”
Governor Okowa thanked the former president for identifying with the family on the passage of their patriarch.
“We appreciate your fatherly role even within our own South-South region and I must actually use this opportunity to thank you for the establishment of the Maritime University in Okerenkoko because that actually did bring peace to us as a state,” the governor said.