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 now ’’.
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 resolved.”