By Adeola Oladele
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday visited former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, at his Minna Hilltop residence in Niger State, during which the former military leader drummed support for the president.
Babangida said anybody who means well for the country must rally round President Jonathan to tackle the nation’s challenges.
He was apparently referring to the war on insurgency ravaging the Northern part of the country.
President Jonathan said since the former president returned from medical treatment abroad he had not visited him and that his visit was to greet him on his successful medical trip and see how he was faring.
He described the former president as his father and one of the country’s experienced leaders whose counsel is needed at this critical time.
Jonathan had also visited former President Babangida early in 2010 when he sought support to become the acting president during the time the late President Umaru Yar’ Adua was seriously ill and hospitalised in Saudi Arabia and the cabal around him (Yar’Adua) was trying to prevent Jonathan from taking over power.
Jonathan emerged as acting president following a resolution on the doctrine of necessity passed by the National Assembly.
Yar’Adua later died in May 2010 and Jonathan assumed office as substantive president.