Security, Corruption Top Agenda As Buhari, Jonathan Meet Secretly

Former President Goodluck Jonathan was said to have met with  President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday night.

 The reason for the meeting was not officially announced and it was held without media attention.

TheStreetReporters gathered that the meeting was held inside the President’s official residence at the Aso Rock Villa.

Details of the top agenda for the discussion are still scanty at the time of this report. However, it was gathered that the discussion centered on war against Boko Haram and the ongoing attempt by the Buhari administration to recover alleged funds looted by past political office holders.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, was not briefed and had no idea of what the duo discussed.

But a top Presidency official said that what transpired was not for public consumption.

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He said the visit was made discreetly to the extent that photographs were not taken.

Sources disclosed that Jonathan complained about moves by the Buhari administration to “rubbish” him he, saying he was hearing some of the allegations against his government, especially financial sleaze, against his administration for the first time.

It was said that the former President made it clear that he had nothing to do with any of the alleged corrupt practices.

“He said whatever steps or actions the President intends to take; it should be within the framework of the peace accord the two leaders signed.

“He also pledged to cooperate with Buhari as much as possible on all steps he is going to take”, a source disclosed.

“The President reassured Jonathan that he has no personal agenda against him. But he insisted that whatever was stolen from the treasury must be returned,” the source said.

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Most of the allegations on looting of the treasury under the Jonathan administration have been credited to the United States. However, the U.S. government has consistently denied ever giving such information to the Buhari administration.

Other sources said, during the meeting which was said to had held between 9pm and 10pm on Thursday, President Buhari sought information  on  alternative  sources  to purchase weapons to prosecute the ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgents, following the refusal  of  United  States  to immediately  sell
weapons  to his administration.

It was gathered  that  Buhari  invited Jonathan  to getinsight
into  the  ways to stabilise  the  new administration,  especially  in
the areas of fight against  Boko Haram  and the  purchase of military hardware  from alternative  sources.

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Villa  sources stated that  Former  President  Goodluck Jonathan  also  presented  detailed information  on  the  additional  weapons already  paid for by his administration,  which will arrive the country shortly.

It was gathered that after the meeting, both men parted in friendly mood, laughing.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was also in a secret talk with President Buhari at the villa recently.

On May 29, 2015, was the last time former president, Goodluck Jonathan was seen at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

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