Abuja – Former President Goodluck Jonathan paid a surprise visit to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday where he met President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors.
The meeting which started exactly 2:58p.m lasted just ten minutes.
The ex-president, however, refused to disclose his purpose of visiting the president when State House correspondents confronted him.
Jonathan simply walked straight to his black Mercedes Benz car which was waiting for him at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa.
The visit is the first since the presidential election that returned Buhari for a second term.
Under Buhari’s first term, the ex-president visited the Villa twice for private meetings.
Jonathan was recently nominated by the African Union (AU) to lead the continental body’s election observation mission to Mozambique’s general election scheduled for October 15, 2019.
In view of this, the former president, who is billed to leave the country on Friday for Maputo, capital of Mozambique, where he will be overseeing the deployment of the mission’s 40-member team of observers to different parts of the country, may have visited Buhari to intimate him of the development.
Jonathan recently came under criticism over comments credited to the former United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron, who claimed in his memoir that he (Jonathan) prevented UK troops from rescuing some of the 276 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok community in Borno State.
But Jonathan reacted, saying Cameron was against him because of his government’s rejection of same sex marriage.
Cameron, in his recently published memoir titled ‘For the Record’, had claimed that a team of UK soldiers had located some of the Chibok girls but that Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, seemed to be asleep at the wheel, at that when he eventually made a statement, it was to accuse the campaigners of politicising the tragedy. “And absolutely crucially, when we offered to help rescue the girls we had located, he refused.”
Despite being defeated by the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 presidential election, Jonathan and Buhari have maintained close relationship.
Regardless, Buhari uses every opportunity to accuse the immediate past administration under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of ineptitude and wastefulness.