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Why Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan Was At The Villa With President Buhari

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has advocated for a united Nigeria, saying that the country would be better of as such. He said that Nigeria’s prominent position in the global map was attributable to its size, diversity and human resources.

The former president spoke to State House Correspondents after holding a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

His response followed questions on his role towards ensuring peace and stability in the Niger-Delta region.

Speaking on his mission to the Villa, he said he was there to brief President Buhari on his emergence as the leader of African Union, AU elections monitoring team to Zambia.

“You asked why I came to see the President today, one key thing is that having been a head of a government, a former president you become a state property. That’s the privilege you have but every privilege has its corresponding responsibility, and once you become a state property, most of your international engagement, that has to do with public addresses and some international assignment becomes a national assignment, you brief the President.

“Even when I was here the former presidents used to do that and see me. I have been coming. Most times, I come in the night that’s why you don’t see me. I came to brief the President about some of my engagements. As you are aware, I will be leading the AU elections monitoring team to Zambia. I came to brief the President about some of these external engagements. It is the tradition”, he said.

The former president however refused to comment corruption saga in the country, saying he would speak at the appropriate time.

 

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