By Philips Sunday

Abuja, (AN24)- Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has revealed why he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday. 

The Otuoke born politician who noted that he had become a property of the state and visits to the president should be expected, added that he visited the President in order to brief him about some of his engagements.

The ‘hero of democracy’ as fondly called by his supporters made this revelation while speaking with state house correspondents before exiting the villa, Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Goodluck Jonathan
President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Goodluck Jonathan

While responding to questions from newsmen, Jonathan said, “You asked why I came to see the president today; one key thing is that having been a head of government, a former president, you become a state property,” he said.

“That’s the privilege you have but every privilege has its corresponding responsibility, and once you become a state property, most of your international engagements that have to do with public addresses and some international assignments, they become national assignments; you brief the President.

“Even when I was here, the former presidents used to do that and see me. I have been coming; most times I come in the night; that’s why you don’t see me.

“I came to brief the president about some of my engagements. As you are aware, I will leading the AU elections monitoring team to Zambia, I came to brief the president about some of these external engagements. It is the tradition.” He added.

On resolving renewed pipeline vandalization in the Niger Delta by the Niger Delta Militants, the former President noted that all the stakeholders must be involved in efforts to find solutions.

President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Goodluck Jonathan
President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Goodluck Jonathan

According to him, “It’s not just about me but about all the traditional rulers, elders and opinion leaders that are of the Ijaw ethnic nationality.

“We have been in touch to see that peace reigns in the country; those of you that have followed my talks when I was here, my emphasis was always that we need a united Nigeria and I always emphasise that Nigeria is great not just about the oil. So many countries produce more oil than Nigeria but nobody notices them.

“We are great because of our size, the human resources we have, the diversity we have. If we fragmentise the country into small components, we will be forgotten by the world. That has been my focal position and without peace there cannot be development anywhere in the world; we are all working collectively to see that issues are resolved.” He said.

Asked for his comments about the fight against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari led government, Jonathan  said: “I don’t want to talk about that one because there are too many cases that are in court.

“It will not be fair to make comments; I will talk at the appropriate time when most of these things are resolved.” He opined.