National security necessitated a meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday, in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa. Obasanjo confirmed the meeting to journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on his return from Abuja.
“Yes, I can confirm that I met with Mr. President on his invitation. In fact, he had wanted to come down to Abeokuta, but as a sign of respect to the Office of the President, I had to go. We had discussion on the country’s security issues and that is all,” the ex-President said.
Shortly after his meeting with Obasanjo ended, President Jonathan went into another round of dialogue with the nation’s security chiefs.
Obasanjo’s visit came after weeks of chilling remarks from him against the administration’s handling of the economy and the spread of dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD. On the economy, Obasanjo said it was being run the way late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, had done. He had chided both the federal and the Lagos State Governments on their handling of the EVD.
Obsanjo added, while leaving Abuja, that the recurrent Eggon/Fulani crisis in Nassarawa State, was inevitable.
“There is no way such will not happen, but the two state governments should come up with lasting solutions. The farmers would want their crops to be protected, while the cattle men will also want their cattle to feed. So, the government should fashion out peaceful means to end the crisis,” he said.
He advised the Benue and Nassarawa state governments to ensure that peace was restored to the warring communities.