Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has supported recent concerns raised by the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, on insecurity and other challenges facing the country.
Obasanjo, however, advised her to engage her husband in what he called “pillow talk” on the state of the nation.
The former President, according to a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, said this while playing host to the members of the Editorial Board of a Social media platform, Penpushing Media at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Boardroom.
Some groups including the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, have however said Obasanjo was right to call on Aisha to tell her husband the truth.
The President’s wife, Aisha, had last week renewed her criticisms of the Federal Government’s programmes.
She had also faulted the social investment programmes of her husband’s administration, saying there was no evidence to show that the funds allocated were judiciously utilised.
Mrs Buhari had said, “I am sure that my husband decided to put somebody from Kano because of the population and political impact it made.”
She said she discovered that key aspects of the programme were not properly implemented in Adamawa and Kano states.
Mrs Buhari, “So, I don’t know where the social investment was successful, maybe it worked out in some states. In my own state, only a local government benefitted out of the 22.
“I did not ask what happened and I do not want to know but for it to fail woefully in Kano, it is not a good sign and it is not a good thing.”
Also on Saturday, she challenged security agencies to quickly end banditry and other insecurity challenges in the country.
“The security agents should either assist to take action or allow the situation continues until bandits finish killing our people,” she had said.
But on Monday Obasanjo said it was good that the wife of the President raised the concerns.
He urged Aisha to engage her spouse in a “pillow talk” to inform him about the true position of the state of the nation.
The former President commended Mrs Buhari for her courage to speak out on the state of the nation.
Obasanjo advised the wife of President to adopt the bedroom approach to get her husband’s attention on the challenges in the country.
He said, “We have to put all things on the table to address these problems. Mind you, we have to be sincere and genuine with ourselves. It is nice that the President’s wife is talking; I think she did well, and maybe she should also have a pillow talk with the President.
“I believe every Nigerian family, individual, group is entitled to livelihood. It is the responsibility of all to make sure we have a dignified life. That should be our aim collectively.”
The statement added that the former President advocated increased sensitization to get the desired change Nigerians were yearning for.
Earlier in her speech, the Chairman, Editorial Board of the organisation, Mrs Funke Fadugba, was reported to have said that the visit was to brief the former President about the 3rd anniversary lecture of the organisation scheduled to hold on July 19.