Council of State: When Obasanjo was eye-ball to eye-ball with President Buhari in the Villa


President Muhammadu Buhari in eye-ball to eye-ball with Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Senate President Bukola Saraki as he presides over National Council of State Meeting in State House on Tuesday 22nd January 2019.

On the side line of report of National Council of State meeting, which held Tuesday morning in State House, Abuja, former President Olusegun Obasanjo made an unexpected appearance at the seat of power.

According to Nation report, even as he was one of the former Presidents who were supposed to be part of the meeting, many thought that his Sunday’s 16-page letter attacking the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, will discourage him from attending the meeting.

But against all odds, Obasanjo at exactly 10.51 am entered the Council Chamber venue of the meeting scheduled to start by 11 am. His presence immediately drew the attention of those waiting in the hall for the meeting to start.
Some of those in the hall standing or sitting on his path to the former Presidents’ seats greeted him. He stood severally to exchange pleasantries with them.

By his seat, he also exchanged pleasantries with former Head of Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan, who was already seated.

He sat down momentarily and again stood up and walked back towards the entrance to greet some of those in the hall including former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar. 

Obasanjo was still discussing when it was announced for everyone to settle down as the President was making his way in.

He was not quick enough to get to his seat when Buhari entered the Council chamber. Buhari immediately went straight to exchange pleasantries with Shonekan, who was still seated and then Abdulsalami, who walked to him.

By the time he finished with Abdulsalami, Obasanjo was close to him. So standing eyeball to eyeball and smiling, they greeted and shook hands to the admiration of those in the hall.
The President returned to his seat and called for the rendition of the National anthem. After the national anthem, the President asked Obasanjo to say the Christian prayer, which he did.

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