On Friday, Ex- President Goodluck Jonathan visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo to allegedly talk about and mend their broken relationship.
According to report, the two former Nigerian leaders met for several hours in Ibogun-Olaogun, the hometown of Obasanjo, located in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, before they reportedly strolled around the community where Obasanjo introduced Jonathan to his community leaders.
Jonathan arrived Obasanjo’s village around 11am on a private helicopter with his childhood friend, identified only as Turner and a former Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Turaki.
“After taking him about, they returned to Baba’s house in Ibogun-Olaogun and ate good meal together,” a source told Premium Times.
Former Minister, Turaki, who was with Jonathan told Obasanjo that the immediate past president had wanted to visit him during the Christmas period, but could not make it. He added that Jonathan had already visited other past leaders like, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida in Niger State.
“He said since he was unable to make it to Baba’s place around Christmas period, he had to find time to do so before January ends,” Mr. Turaki reportedly said as Mr. Jonathan smiled.
“He believes it’s better late than never.” He added
Although nor of the two past leaders said anything about their closed door meeting which lasted for about an hour, sources said that Jonathan wanted to restore the relationship between him and Obasanjo.
“He told Baba that whatever had passed should be left in the past because the future holds even bigger promises for the two of them,” Jonathan’s aide said.
As seen on Sahara Reporters, Obasanjo while welcoming Jonathan said that;
“When leaders come, they have little or no experience. When they have to go is when they have really amassed a lot of experience, where they have wisdom, their experience is in high demand. He said
“Those like you and me who have the grace of God to bow out gracefully, if there is now what I call a constitutional office, we have residual responsibilities for Nigeria,” Obasanjo added.
Former President Obasanjo received Jonathan in company with a former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who was also a the former National Secretary of PDP.
Read below Obasanjo’s full statement as he welcomed Jonathan (as seen on Sahara Reporters);
“The first point I want to make is to thank you very sincerely and most sincerely for taking it upon yourself to pay us a visit at this point in time and at this location. Secondly, since you left office, you hardly have time to sit down and relax like you have been able to do today, and I hope, I sincerely hope and pray for more such relaxed situation where we can reminisce on situations of the past that we have been through in this country and we can also look at what the future portends.
“I believe that not only Nigeria, West Africa and Africa and indeed the world will continue to tap our experiences, our wisdom and I hope and pray that when the call is made to you, you will be more than ready to put your experience, the lessons you have learnt into the service of this country, for African and indeed for humanity in general.
“ I have said to you before, and I will say again that there are plenty of opportunities out there, within the country, within West Africa, within Africa and indeed in the larger world where people will want you to make contributions.
“I believe that you are resting now and when you have fully rested, and you will be hearing from me because I have this opportunity to be around the world and if I mention your name in dispatch, I thank you sincerely that you have received us as we are in this village to prove to you that we are in a typical village, I was telling you that your village is better than mine.
“I want to say that we have it. Nigeria is a good country, and we must never be tired of lifting the country up to the height that God has created it to be, and God did not make a mistake when he put all of us together and if he doesn’t want us to be together any power in the world will have made us come together.
“My regards to everybody at home, especially your wife. Please, tell her that my wife sends her regards and I hope sooner or later we will be on your part of the world to enjoy the atmosphere together. I want to thank you on behalf of everyone here in this village.”
Obasanjo became Nigeria’s president in 1999 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and was re-elected in 2003.
In 2007, with the support of Obasanjo, Jonathan became the running mate of former president Umar Yar’Adua on the PDP.
Jonathan took over from Yar’Adua when he died in 2010.
He was eventually elected to become president under PDP with the support of Obasanjo in 2011.
They however had issues shortly before the 2015 election which Jonathan lost to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obasanjo abandoned Jonathan in 2015 and it was believed to have contributed immensely to Jonathan’s failure in the 2015 general election.