Buhari, Obj Meets Face To Face At AU Summit 

…Exchange pleasantries

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo came in contact face to face at the ongoing African Union summit taking place at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 
Their contact marked the first time both men met since the controversial statement by Obasanjo criticizing Buhari’s administration and advising him not to seek a second term in office.

 

 

They met briefly just before the opening ceremony of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union(AU).

 

 

Obasanjo first went round to exchange pleasantries with other African leaders attending the summit, before looking out for Buhari among the crowd to also have a word with him.

 

 

Their brief pleasantries became a sensation inside the Nelson Mandela Hall as photojournalists made frantic efforts to capture the moment.

 

 

Obasanjo had stirred up controversies in Nigeria when he released a 13-page statement accusing Buhari of under-performance and therefore should not seek re-election in 2019.

 

 

Former head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, shared in the banter, according to the images posted on President Buhari’s Twitter handle, @MBuhari.

Buhari and Obasanjo, with General Abdulsalami: they are laughing. In background is Hadi Sirika smiling as well
The two leaders even get closer here: Buhari and Obasanjo, with Abdulsalami Abubakar. Sirika, Malami and Geoffrey Onyeama in second row appear to enjoy the Addis drama

In Nigeria, however, supporters of Buhari are at war with supporters of Obasanjo, following the latter’s Press statement, urging President Buhari not to run for re-election in 2019.

 

 

Information and Culture minister, Lai Mohammed had responded, saying that Obasanjo’s advice amounted to a distraction, as Buhari is busy, at the moment,  trying to get rid of the mess left by 16 years of PDP rule. And that includes eight years of Obasanjo in the saddle.

 

 

Well, the elephants at the top appear to have a way of making up, when they fight!

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