Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo says he could have given President Muhammadu Buhari the cold shoulder when they both met at African Union Summit held recently at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during which they were seen together with Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalam exchanging banters and taking picture together.
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Few days to their meeting, Obasanjo had penned a lengthy missive to Buhari where he railed at the President saying he has performed woefully in office and urging him not to seek reelection.
When both met eyeball to eyeball at the AU Summit there was nothing to suggest their relationship may have been fractured by Obasanjo’s letter.
On Thursday, Obasanjo was at Nigeria Union of Journalists secretariat in Abeokuta, to formally register as a member of Coalition for National Movement, the group he called for its formation in his letter to Buhari, and when asked while he related well with the President at AU summit he said, “I wonder why some Nigerians were worried why I had to pay respect to the Nigerian President, that’s my own upbringing as a well-born and bred Yoruba boy.
“That doesn’t mean that what I have said about the President, which I did not say out of bitterness and hatred, it is evidence that the President has performed, in some areas, good enough, in other areas not good and a proper advice which he may take and he may not take. “I didn’t do that out of malice or out of ‘bad belle’, I did it out of my respect for that office and my interest and I hope in your interest and the interest of Buhari in Nigeria.
“I went to him just before the beginning of the opening of AU summit; I had gone round to meet some few other Presidents, should I ignore him? So, I went to my President, greeted him and we joked before General AbdulSalami said we should have a group photograph.”