Nollywood Media | 4 August 2016 13:57 CET

Aso Villa: Why I visited Pres. Buhari – Jonathan

By The Citizen

The immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Wednesday gave reasons why he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential villa, Abuja.

Jonathan had earlier met with the President behind closed doors at the villa.

Addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting which lasted for 20 minutes, the former president said the meeting afforded him the opportunity to brief the President on his recent international engagement and those in the future.

According to him, it was a tradition of past presidents to update the sitting president on external activities they engage in.

He said: 'It's not just about me but about all the traditional rulers, elders and opinion leaders that are of the Ijaw ethnic nationality. We have been in touch to see that peace reigns in the country. Those of you that have followed my talks when I was here, my emphasis is that we need a United Nigeria and I always emphasize that Nigeria is great not just about the oil.

'So many countries produce more oil than Nigeria nobody notices them. We are great because of our size, the human resources we have, the diversity we have, if we fragmentize the country into small components, we will be forgotten by the World.

'That has been my focal position and without peace there cannot be development anywhere in the world. We are all working collectively to see that issues are resolved.'

'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.

'I don't want to talk about that one because there are too many cases that are in court. It will not be fair to make comments. I will talk at the appropriate time when most of these things are resolved', he said.

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