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Buhari Meets Jonathan over Niger Delta Issue, Receives Obasanjo at Villa for Closed-doors Parley


President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday night met behind closed doors inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting, which was held at the private residence of the President, according to Saharareporters, was arranged to discuss the Niger Delta crisis. It took place around 9PM on Thursday.

Also on Friday, President Buhari received former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa. They later went into a closed-doors meeting.

The former president declined to speak with reporters after the meeting. Obasanjo was said to have come to brief the president about his recent international engagements.

No aide joined the two leaders for the closed-door parley.

Saharareporters had revealed that the former President Jonathan abruptly left his home hometown Otueke less than 24 hours after returning from Cote D’Ivoire.

A source told Saharareporters that President Buhari reassured the former president of his highest regards and made it clear to him that there was no plan to arrest him or his wife Patience over the ongoing corruption clampdown.

The meeting Saharareporters learnt was brokered by former President Obasanjo shortly after news broke that Jonathan had taken refuge in Abidjan fearing that he would be arrested if he returned to Nigeria.

Obasanjo who was in Lesotho at the time reportedly intervened on Jonathan’s behalf.


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