Obasanjo, Jonathan Meet On Ending Boko Haram Insurgency

President Goodluck Jonathan and former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo had a private meeting yesterday in Abuja, over the overbearing insecurity in the country and the way forward. Vanguard reports that the closed down meeting, held at the Presidential Villa was confirmed by the former president, saying it was purely based on insecurity issues affecting the nation. The insecurity problem which has always been Boko Haram- engineered, appears to be getting out of control with terrorists capturing Gwoza, and declaring it an Islamic caliphate. Obasanjo, who appreciated the invitation of the president by honoring it, said: “Yes, I can confirm that I met with Mr. President on his invitation. In fact, he had wanted to come down to Abeokuta, but as a sign of respect to the Office of the President, I had to go. We had discussion on the country’s security issues and that is all.” While telling news men that it is only the president and himself that can say what transpired at the meeting, the former president promised that he would continue to make himself available on national issues in the interest of peace and progress of the country. The former president who is an advocate of the use of force alongside peaceful negotiation as the solution to insurgency, recently, reached out to the Boko Haram sect, in a series of attempts at negotiating with the sect to free the over 250 Chibok school girls it abducted in April from their dormitories in Borno State. Also, in a related development, Goodluck Jonathan also met with security persons, service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, met with the President before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting. The private meeting, which bore on security issues in Nigeria also ended with none of the participants at the meeting willing to talk to newsmen. It would be recalled that just fewdays ago, the former president, chief Olusegun Obasanjo said the Goodluck administration is just like that of the Abacha era.

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