President Jonathan, on Saturday, visited former President Ibrahim Babangida in Minna, Niger State capital, apparently to seek the ex-military dictator’s support for the forthcoming elections in 2015.
Jonathan’s trip seemed to have paid off as Babangida emerged from the closed-door meeting with Jonathan, urging all Nigerians, who mean well for the country, to support the President.
According to a Vanguard report, Jonathan told journalists the meeting was to seek his input as a former leader on how to solve the myriads of problems confronting the country.
He said: “First and foremost, I have to use this opportunity to appreciate our leader, President Babangida, for his leadership, his commitment to ensuring that this country is united and we live in peace.
“Of course, you know that this is the end of the year. Within this period, people pay visits. So I have come to visit him. You know he just came back from a hospital abroad, not too long ago. Since he came back, we have not seen. I need to see my father to know how he is feeling. I am quite pleased the way I have seen him.
“Of course, you all know that as a nation, we are facing challenges: security challenges all over, not just in the North. Yes, Boko Haram in the North. The South is not safe: Commercial kidnapping and robbery.
“He is one of our experienced leaders. As somebody who is sitting where he was before, I need to see them from time to time to listen to their suggestions. That is one of the areas where we can collectively move the country forward and ensure that Nigerians live in peace.
“That is the key thing and I am quite pleased that we had a fruitful discussion”.
Babangida, in turn, while addressing journalists, said the President means well for this country and every Nigerian who means well for the country should support him.
“What I will say is simple: The President means well for this country and he is working well for this country. Anybody who means well for this country should support the President to make sure that Nigeria survives as a united country”, the former leader said.