President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday met in Aso Rock Villa where they discussed the nation’s security challenge. Our correspondent gathered that the visitwas on the invitation of President Jonathan.
The visit came few days after the former president commended efforts of the Federal and Lagos state governments made to check the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.
It will also be recalled that Obasanjo had chided the Jonathan administration over the weekend, when he compared the economy under him to what obtained during the reign of the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, in which the middle class was wiped out.
Obasanjo while briefing journalists in Abeokuta on his return from Abuja said the meeting with the president was purely on security matters.
He said, “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 former president said he would continue to make himself available on national issues in the interest of peace and progress of the country.
On the recurrent Eggon/Fulani crisis in Nasarawa State, Obasanjo called on Benue and Nasarawa state governments to ensure that peace was restored to the warring communities.
He pointed out that the two tribes, Eggon (who are farmers) and the Fulani who are herdsmen, must understand themselves and settle their differences.
He said, “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 cattles to feed. So, the government should fashion out peaceful means to end the crisis.”