SAKA BOLAJI – MINNA
Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday sneaked into Minna the Niger state capital where he held a closed door meeting with the former military president, Gen Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida at his uphill residence.
Jonathan, according to a source, arrived Minna at about 10am in a GMC bulletproof SUV marked ABJ 961ER.
He was said to have been accompanied by former Senator Nimi Barigha Amange who had represented Bayelsa East in the National Assembly.
It was said that there were eight other vehicles in the convoy and that the former president came to Minna by road.
According to a source close to the IBB residence, Jonathan immediately after arriving the IBB residence, entered into a closed door meeting with the former military president.
” Only Jonathan and Babangida were in the meeting” the source said, adding that “even former senator Amange waited in another part of the residence”.
The meeting between the duo which started a few minutes after 10am did not end until about 12.14pm.
On his way out, Jonathan declined to speak to journalists, describing his visit as “private”.
When pressed for comments, the former President said he had not seen Babangida since he returned from medical vacation and felt it was the right time to do so.
He commended the press for ” doing a nice job, saying that, “you people are doing well”.
Asked to comment on the prevailing political situation in the country, Jonathan replied: ” We are retired politicians” and drove off in the same car he came with.