What Jonathan, Tinubu Discussed At The Villa


Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday, met with President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Jonathan, while speaking at the end of the meeting, described himself as a “roving ambassador”.

The former President spoke while fielding questions from State House reporters after a closed door meeting with President Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Jonathan revealed that he came to brief President Tinubu on his regional, continental, and international assignments.

He further stated that he used the visit to congratulate him on his victory at the apex court.

Jonathan said, “I have been involved in a number of things in West Africa and Africa. In fact, tomorrow (Saturday), I will be in Kenya and on the 14th of November I will be in Liberia, so I am like a roving Ambassador seeing how we can bring peace to the subregion and the continent.”

Speaking on how Nigeria could lead Africa with the successful transition of power, Jonathan said: “That is what all Africans are saying, I had a programme on democracy dialogue and Prof Lumumba spoke there, he emphasized the need for Nigeria to take a lead in Africa. Yes, we have challenges economically now but we still have what it takes to lead Africa.

“These are some of the issues I will continue to have conversations with Mr President, including briefing him on all my foreign programmes. They are not personal issues, traditionally, former presidents when they go outside the country for continental or regional programmes and even some international. When you come home, you brief the president that is the tradition.

“When you see me here, what we come to do, to move Nigeria forward and to move ECOWAS forward and to move the African continent forward.”


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