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‘I’m grateful President and I reconciled without guns,’ says Obasanjo

 

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday, October 3, described President Muhammadu Buhari as an upright man.

Obasanjo
thanked God that he and the President did not resolve their differences
by “looking at each other through the barrels of guns.”
He
stated this in Abuja during a book launch titled, ‘Muhammadu Buhari,
the Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria,’ written by professor John
Paden.

The former president recounted the days Buhari served under him as commissioner.
He
said: “President Buhari and I have had many encounters, but most of
them in parallel. Not too long ago, we had a direct opposition at the
ballot box. But even then, it did not affect our relationship.
“And fortunately, we didn’t have to look at each other through the barrels of our guns. I thank God for that.
“On
one occasion when President Buhari was a commissioner for petroleum, he
went for an OPEC meeting in Saudi Arabia, and each leader of a country
was given a special gold coin. President Buhari, then an army officer,
came back to show his superior the gold medal which was very expensive,
and said: ‘This I was given, if I give you, promise me that you won’t
give it to somebody else.’
“And that came about
because one of his colleagues bought me a hand-made shoe, and after I
discovered that it was too luxurious, I gave it to my ADC. I believe
President Buhari heard about that story, and he wanted to make sure that
I didn’t give out the gold coin… But don’t ask me where the coin is
today.”
The audience at the launch were said to have erupted in laughter at the remark.
Obasanjo thanked God that he and the President did not resolve their
differences by “looking at each other through the barrels of guns.”

In his vote of thanks, Buhari reportedly identified the officer Obasanjo referred to as the late John Garuba.”
The
biographical book chronicled the struggles and career of Buhari until
May 29, 2016, when he assumed office as a democratic leader.‎

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