Obasanjo in secret visit to Buhari

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.

The two leaders met Friday, away from public glare.

A source close to the former president who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES, said Mr. Obasanjo visited Mr. Buhari to commend the president for “doing well so far” and to also offer words of encouragement.

“Baba was surely at the Villa to give encouragement to the president to make sure that the new experiment does not fail,” our source said.

We also gathered that the two leaders discussed a number of national issues and Mr. Obasanjo offered his advice to Mr. Buhari.

Friday’s visit was Mr. Obasanjo’s first to the villa since Mr. Buhari was elected president on March 28 and inaugurated on May 29, 2015.

Mr. Obasanjo announced his retirement from politics ahead of the elections, but said he will offer his support to the new president as necessary.

He named a team of Nigerians who proffered recommendations on how Mr. Buhari could kick-start his administration.

It was unclear if some of the recommendations formed part of the discussions between the two leaders Friday.

The former president could not be reached Saturday.

President Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said although he did not see the former president at the Villa Friday, it was possible he visited when most staff had retired for the day.

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