Jonathan Hosts Obasanjo, Describes Former President As “Great Leader”


Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday played host to another former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, at his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

Mr Obasanjo was in Bayelsa for medical check-up as a guest of the Bayelsa government which launched a new health programme. He made a stop-over at Mr Jonathan’s home.

Mr Jonathan, apparently delighted with the visit, later wrote on Facebook, “I am firmly of the view that Nigeria will progress faster when great leaders, like President Obasanjo and other statesmen, plant trees whose shade they know they may never enjoy.”

He posted on the social media site photos of himself and his guest, Mr Obasanjo, beaming with smiles.

The governor of Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson, was present when the two former leaders met.

Mr Obasanjo, once a military ruler, was elected president in 1999 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), during a return to civilian rule in Nigeria. He led the country for eight years and was succeeded in May 2007 by Umaru Yar’Adua, who later died while still serving as president.

Mr Jonathan, who was vice president under Mr Yar’Adua, succeeded the late president in 2010.

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