A former Nigerian President and elder statesman, Mr Olusegun Obasanjo, has assured the new President-elect of Ghana, Mr Nana Akufo-Addo, that Nigerians will give him all the support he needs to succeed as he takes up the affairs of Ghana.
Mr Obasanjo gave the assurance on Wednesday in Owerri, Imo State’s capital, at the Imo Day of Thanksgiving where he was guest speaker.
He said the support would be possible, considering the strong bond of friendship between Ghana and Nigeria.
The former leader also expressed confidence that the president-elect would run the affairs of Ghana like no one else had ever done, when he assumes office.
Mr Obasanjo stated that he was particularly delighted to join Imo people in thanking God for what he had used their governor to do in the state, stressing that he was amazed to see a new Owerri Town because the Owerri capital he saw on arrival was quite different from the one he used to know.
“Rochas Okorocha was my unpaid adviser who helped me in most of the good policies I initiated as a president. I want to congratulate him because he has changed the face of Owerri. I know this city very well. As I came in today I came to ask, is this the Owerri that I used to know or another Owerri?” the former Nigerian President told the crowd that gathered for the thanksgiving.
The Ghana President-elect, Mr Addo in his speech at the event said “the relationship between Nigeria and Ghana should be an example of good relationship to the rest of West Africa.
“I am determined, following the mandate my people have conferred on me, to do everything to establish good relations with the leadership of this great country, Nigeria, because together we can work for the construction of a better Africa.
“We Ghanaians value so much our relationship with Nigeria which dates back to years. And the stronger the relationship, the better for the rest of Africa’s region. I cherish the progressive zeal I have seen in Rochas. In the next four years I hope to improve on the living standards of the Ghana people,” he told the gathering..
Governor Rochas Okorocha in his welcome speech at the event said the Imo Day of Thanksgiving is not for APC members in the state only but for the whole of Imo people not minding their political affiliations, adding that the thanksgiving event was organised for Imo people to thank God for what he has done in the lives of the state and her people, using him as the tool.
He remarked that the thanksgiving would attract more blessings to Imo people from God.
Mr Okorocha said all that his administration had achieved in the state would not have been possible without God, thanking the former president and the President-elect of Ghana for honouring the invitation of the government and people of the state.
The Imo day of thanksgiving is one of the event earmarked by the state government to herald the Imo carnival 2016.
It is also an avenue to celebrate Christmas with the less privileged in the state from all the 27 local government area of the state while also thanking for a fruitful year.