FORMER President Good luck
Jonathan, on Wednesday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential
Villa, Abuja, saying united Nigeria remains where he stands.
Fielding questions as he emerged
from the closed door meeting, he said he was there to brief the president on his
international engagements as a former Nigerian leader, adding that as former
head of government, he remains a state property. “That’s the privilege you
have, but every privilege has its corresponding responsibility and once you
become a state property, most of your international engagement that has to do
with public addresses and some international assignments become a national
assignment. You brief the president.
On his role in resolving the
current Niger Delta crisis, Jonathan said effort towards resolving it should be
all encompassing, involving all stakeholders. Hear him, you all read newspaper
more than I do, at least you should have had some efforts put in place before
The former president stated: “It’s
not just about me, but about all the traditional rulers, elders and opinion
leaders who are of the Ijaw ethnic nationality.
“We have been in touch to see that
peace reigns in the country. Those of you that have followed my talks when I
was here will remember that my emphasis was that we need a united Nigeria and I
always emphasizes that Nigeria is great, not just about the oil, as so many
countries produce more oil than Nigeria, but nobody notices them.
“We are great because of our size,
the human resources we have, the diversity we have. If we divide the country
into small components, we will be forgotten by the world.
“That had been my focal position
and without peace, there cannot be development anywhere in the world. We are
working collectively to see these issues are resolved.”
The former president declined to comment on
the ongoing anti-corruption war by the present administration, saying there
were too many cases in court on the matter.
“I don’t want to talk about that
one, because there are too many cases in court. It will not be fair to make
comments. I will talk at the appropriate time, when most of these things are