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Jonathan in Aso Villa, Meets Buhari Behind Closed Doors

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

Former President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

The meeting which started exactly 2:58pm lasted just ten minutes.

The Ex-President however declined to speak to journalists on the purpose of his visit.

He simply walked straight to his black Mercedes Benz car which was waiting for him at the forecourt of the presidential villa.

The visit was the first time Jonathan visited the seat of power since the general elections in February that returned Buhari for a second term.

Under Buhari’s first term, the Ex-President visited the Villa twice for private meetings.

Although it was not certain, if Jonathan who was recently nominated by the African Union (AU) to lead the continental body’s Election Observation Mission to Mozambique’s general election which is scheduled for October 15, 2019.

The former President who is billed to leave the country on Friday for Maputo, capital of Mozambique, where he will be overseeing the deployment of the mission’s 40-member team of observers to different parts of the country may have visited Buhari to intimate him of the development.

The ex-President recently came under criticisms over comments credited to the former United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron, who claimed in his memoir that he (Jonathan) prevented UK troops from rescuing some of the 276 school girls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok community in Borno State.

He had reacted Jonathan upon seen the comments and alleged that Mr Cameron was against him because he reneged on the Anti-same sex marriage.

The former British PM had in his recently published memoir titled ‘For the Record’, claimed that a team of UK soldiers had located some of the Chibok girls but Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, seemed to be asleep at the wheel. When he eventually made a statement, it was to accuse the campaigners of politicising the tragedy. And absolutely crucially, when we offered to help rescue the girls we had located, he refused.

Inspite of falling to defeat from from the All Progressive Congress in 2015, Jonathan and Buhari have maintained close relationship.

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