Former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Upon arrival, Babachir Lawal, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, received the former president.
The meeting, which drew curiosity from journalists covering the State House, lasted over an hour but as he emerged from the meeting, president Jonathan downplayed the importance of his latest visit to President Buhari as all attempt to pry the motive of his visit by journalists ended without much information.
However, speaking to State House correspondents before exiting the villa, Jonathan said he had met the president many times without the notice of journalists, because such meetings were in the night.
He added that as a former president, he had become a property of the state and visits to the president should be expected.
“You asked why I came to see the president today; one key thing is that having been a head of government, a former president, you become a state property,” he said.
“That’s the privilege you have but every privilege has its corresponding responsibility, and once you become a state property, most of your international engagements that have to do with public addresses and some international assignments, they become national assignments; 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,” the former president said.
…Eulogises Anenih at 83
Former President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has described former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, who is 83 years old today, as a great asset to Nigeria.
Jonathan, in a congratulatory letter to Anenih, dated August 3, 2016, placed on record the elder statesman’ s wisdom, patriotism and time-honoured commitment to the strengthening of democracy and national growth.
The one-page letter reads:”I wish to most sincerely congratulate you on your 83rd birthday. I am glad the Almighty God has blessed you with the grace of long life and good health, in accordance with your manifest dedication to national development.
“There is no doubt that you have been a great asset to our dear nation while serving her in various capacities, especially in the critical areas of politics, peace building and security systems.
“Nigerians and the people of your home state will continue to be grateful to you because of your wisdom, patriotism and time-honoured commitment to the strengthening of our democracy and national growth. You are a natural leader of the people and you have demonstrated that clearly over the years.
“I join your family and numerous admirers around the country to wish you more productive years in your determination to see our great country progress in peace and prosperity.”