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Jonathan: Why I visited Buhari

Jonathan at Aso Villa with President Buhari in August 2016

Buhari sees Jonathan off on Wednesday

Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan has spoken about his mission to the presidential villa, where he had a discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

According to him he came to brief Buhari about the activities of the  AU election monitoring team to Zambia. Jonathan is the leader of the team.

He said: “I came to brief Mr President on some of my engagements in the immediate past and of course, the future.

“Of course you are aware that I would be leading the AU election monitoring team to Zambia; normally you (need to) properly brief the President.

“So, I came to brief the President on some of my external engagements; it is a tradition.’’

The former president further said that he is a regular caller to the Villa, having served as the country’s President at a point in time.

“One key thing is that having been the head of a government – a former president – you become a statesman.

“That is the privilege you have, but every privilege has its own corresponding responsibilities.

“And when you become a statesman, normally you brief the sitting president on most of your international engagements that have to do with public speaking and some other international assignments.

“Even when I was here, the former presidents used to do what I have come to do.

“I have been coming, but in most cases we used to meet at night.

“That is why you don’t see me,’’ Jonathan explained.