Published On: Mon, Jan 23rd, 2017

I thought GEJ’s leadership was bad, I was wrong – Obasanjo

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan paid a private visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo recently in Ogun State.

Recall that right before the 2015 general elections, both leaders had had a very frosty relationship. The height of which was when both wrote open letters to each other accusing themselves of one thing or the other.

Well, OBJ showered praises on former President Goodluck Jonathan for his exemplary leadership.

Both leaders had a closed-door meeting that lasted almost two hours.

It was a sharp contrast from his constant criticism of the former president in the last couple of years.

Jonathan was accompanied by former Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Turaki as well as other close aides.

Obasanjo spoke to the press after the meeting. He tasked leaders across the world to learn from the exemplary leadership style of himself and that of Jonathan.

“I believe that the world will continue to tap into our experiences our wisdom. “I expect a call will be made on you soon to put your experience and lessons you learned for the service of this country.

“I have said to you (Jonathan) before that there are plenty of opportunities out there, within the country and the world.

“There is coming a time when people will want you to make contributions.

“I believe that you (Jonathan) are resting now and when you have fully rested, you will be hearing from me.

“This is because I have this opportunity to be around the world and I will mention your name in dispatch.

“Since you (Jonathan) left office, you hardly have time to sit down and relax like you have been able to do today.

“I sincerely hope and pray for more of such relaxed situation where we can reminiscence situations of the past.

“When leaders come, they have little or no experience.

“When they have to go is when they have a lot of experience; where they have wisdom.

“For people like you and me who have the grace of God to bow out gracefully, if there is no more constitutional office, we have residual responsibilities to Nigeria.”

“God has created it (Nigeria) to be and God did not make a mistake when he put all of us together.

“If he doesn’t want us to be together, no power in the world would have made us come together.”

Jonathan declined to speak to journalists, saying his visit to Obasanjo was private.


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