President Jonathan welcoming General Buhari to the meeting
By Tunde Olowu.
President Goodluck Jonathan and the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), on Friday met behind closed-doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja in a meeting that lasted about 30minutes.
Jonathan was at the meeting which held at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in company with his Principal Secretary, Ambassador Hassan Tukur, and a few security aides.
Buhari who was decked in a white ‘agbada’ was accompanied by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, another chieftain of the party, Abdulrahman Dambazau, and a couple of aides.
He was earlier on arrival received by Tukur who ushered him into one of the small halls inside the building where Jonathan was already waiting.
About 30 minutes later, they emerged from the meeting, holding hands and beaming with smiles after which they waited for a few minutes in front of the national flag placed in the centre of the building’s lobby to allow photojournalists take shots.
As they made their way out of the venue, Jonathan told State House correspondents that the meeting was in continuation of the conversation that the two of them have been engaging in since the General got elected by Nigerians during the last general elections.
When probed further, the President said although he would not disclose the details of the meeting, the parley was in the interest of the country.
He said a date would be chosen when the President-elect would come and he (Jonathan) will show him round the Presidential Villa.
The President’s encounter with journalists was characterised by intermittent loud laughter by Buhari and members of his delegation as well as the journalists.
This is the second time that Jonathan and Buhari would be meeting publicly since the March 28 presidential election which the incumbent lost to the APC candidate.
The first meeting which was described as “private” was held on April 3 without media presence.