By OUR REPORTERS
Indications about what was discussed behind closed doors yesterday when former Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari has emerged.
It was the second of such visits to Aso Rock by the immediate past President to his successor since May 29, 2015 when the new administration was ushered in. The latest visit comes few days after ex-President Goodluck Jonathan arrived Nigeria aboard a Presidential jet from Tanzania where he led the team of international election observers.
However, details of both visits were not officially made public.
Buhari and Jonathan met behind closed doors for about five minutes as the former President arrived the Villa at 2:00pm and left at about 2:10pm.
ExpressNG sources reliably confirmed that the ex-President is working behind the scenes with the present administration to recover funds looted during his tenure.
According to the source, the visit of the President is connected with activities of anti-corruption campaign led by President Buhari. Although specific details of the meeting were not made known however, it was learnt that there is a confidentiality understanding between the two Nigerian leaders.
Explaining further, the source drew attention to a statement credited to President Jonathan shortly after his first visit to Aso Rock where he declared that he was betrayed by people whom he trusted.
It was learnt the former President was disappointed when he was confronted with a big dossier detailing all the loots perpetrated under his tenure by some of his key persons.
Curiously, ex-President Jonathan has maintained a studied silence inspite of the heavy allegations of corruption levied against key members of his administration.
“The reason you are not hearing any noise about what transpired during the two visits and why you may never hear a thing about it is because a lot of mediation is going on behind the scenes. I can tell you for free that the anti-corruption drive by President Buhari is beginning to bear a lot of fruits which will be made public at the fullness of time,” said ExpressNG source.
However, while speaking with Channels TV during his trip to India, President Buhari refused to reveal the exact amount of money that has been recovered via his anti-corruption drive. The President has stated on several occasions that he was not on witch-hunting mission but will rather focus on recovery of stolen wealth.
Meanwhile, presidential media aide, Femi Adesina reacted to Jonathan’s visit to President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, November 2.
“He has the right to visit the villa anytime as a former president,” Adesina told Vanguard.