By Our Correspondent
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised President-elect of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo to strengthen the relationship between the two country in the overall interest of the West African sub-region.
Obasanjo who gave the charge in Owerri, the Imo State capital, when he attended the Imo Day of Thanksgiving as the Guest Speaker on with the Ghana President-elect also in attendance.
He assured Akufo-Addo that Nigeria will give his administration all necessary support as a result of “the bond of friendship between Ghana and Nigeria”.
He urged him to run the affairs of Ghana like no other President has done when he assumes office, emphasizing that all he needs to do in order to stand out as a great African leader is to strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and Ghana.
Akufo-Addo in his response, stated that “the relationship between Nigeria and Ghana should be an example of what good relationship should be 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”.
He stated further that “we Ghanaians value so much our relationship with Nigeria which dates back to many years and the stronger the relationship the better for the rest of African region. In the next four years I hope to improve on the living standards of the Ghana people”.
On the Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha, he said, “I cherish the progressive zeal I have seen in Rochas and I know that he is a great leader that has the passion to develop Nigeria and Africa”.
Continuing, Obasanjo stated that he was particularly delighted to join Imo people in thanking God for what he has used their Governor to do in the state, stressing that he was amazed to see a new Owerri town, which he said is quite different from what he used to know.