The squabbles between former president Olusegun Obasanjo and his former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar has finally come to an end, following a peace meeting initiated by the later, held at the Olusegun Obasanjo’s Presidential Library Complex on Thursday.
The meeting which recorded a huge success, were attended by Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church, Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto and Islamic cleric, Ahmed Gumi among others.
Obasanjo who earlier made a vow never to support Atiku’s presidential bid seems to have buried the hatchet.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, the former leader said he has forgiven Atiku as he (Atiku) has shown remorse.
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He said; “From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.”
“Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on a daily basis, I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you.”
Going further, the ex-president expressed hope that Atiku will perform better than the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari. This is as he describe him as someone who is more exposed, more accessible and understands economy more than the Buhari.
“From what I personally know of you, you have the capacity to perform better than the incumbent. You surely understand the economy better; you have business experience, which can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.
“You have better outreach nationally and internationally and that can translate into better management of foreign affairs.
“You are more accessible and less inflexible and more open to all parts of the country in many ways.
“As Pastor Bakare, one-time running mate of the incumbent President said, ‘You are a wazobia man.’
“And that should help you in confronting the ‘confrontable’ and shunning nepotism,” he added.