A former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has opened up on why he didn’t snub the current Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari during the African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Recall that the former president had written an 18 page long letter to the serving Nigerian president accusing him of condoning corruption within his ranks despite his heightened anti-corruption fight.
However, days after the letter, Obasanjo and Buhari were seen at the AU Summit all laughs.
Obasanjo while speaking regarding his conduct disclosed that he could not snub the Nigerian president because of his upbringing.
Obasanjo further added that he had following his arrival at the meeting gone round to greet other African leaders present at the Summit and decided to also shake hands with Buhari.
While speaking in Abeokuta, Ogun state, yesterday, Obasanjo 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 has been thrown away.
“It is clear that the President has performed, in some areas, good enough, in other areas not good and a proper advice which he may take and may not take. I didn’t do that out of malice or 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 AU summit. I had gone round some few other Presidents and should I ignore him? So, I went to my President, greeted him and we joked before Gen. Salami said we should have a group photograph.”