Fresh insights have emerged on former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, November 10 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Obasanjo, who was received by Buhari, is visiting the president for the third time since he assumed office on May 29, 2015. The first visit was on August 8 when the Owu chief went to commend ‘Buhari for so far doing well.’
Buhari received Obasanjo again on October 12, when the ex-president led some Colombian security experts to the Presidential Villa to discuss ways on tackling the Boko Haram menace.
His recent foray, thewhistler learnt, is coming on the heels of week-long protests by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in most parts of the South East and some places like Port Harcourt and Asaba in Rivers and Delta States, respectively, demanding for the release of Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and greater rights in resource sharing.
A source at the Villa, who asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak on the visit, said Obasanjo impressed it on Buhari not to treat the matter with kid gloves as the protests could lead to wider demands by other groups and derail the administration.
‘The visit was mainly about the continued protest by the Biafra agitators. The former president wants President Buhari to take a much sterner approach to the protest so that it does not lead to something like the Boko Haram which has become a serious security challenge,’ the source disclosed.
It will be recalled that Buhari and Obasanjo were actively involved in Nigeria’s 30months Civil War which ended in 1970 with well over 2 million Ibos killed.