Jonathan’s Aide Reveals Why The Ex-President Visited Buhari In Aso Villa
Former President Goodluck Jonathan said his visit to President Muhammadu was to update him on the situation in Mali before of the ECOWAS meeting, which is set to take place in Ghana on Sunday.
News Agency of Nigeria
Mr Ikechukwu Eze, the former President’s Media Adviser, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.
In contrast to several media stories, Eze stated that Jonathan’s visit to the Aso Villa was not politically motivated.
“I can confirm to you that the visit of His Excellency to the Presidential Villa was purely to provide update on the political situation in Mali.
“As the ECOWAS Mediator in Mali, Jonathan, went to the Villa to update the President on his mediation role ahead of the ECOWAS summit slated for Sunday, in Ghana.
“Jonathan just came back from Mali yesterday (Wednesday) and he has gone to brief the president ahead of the summit of the Authority of Heads of State, which he also is attending,” he said.
According to him, the ECOWAS summit is taking place on Sunday in Ghana, and one of the main topics of discussion will be the situation in Mali.
“As you know, there has been a delay in releasing the timetable for the conduct of Mali’s election. The country had a national conference which was just concluded and they made recommendations on the time elections could hold.
“So, ECOWAS will be meeting on Sunday and that is why Jonathan visited Buhari,” Eze said.
According to NAN, Jonathan paid a visit to President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on December 31.
Jonathan arrived at the Villa at 3 p.m. and immediately proceeded into a closed-door meeting with the President.
The agenda for the meeting was not released by the White House.
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