Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday expressed thanks to God that he and President Muhammadu Buhari did not settle their differences by looking at each other through the barrels of guns.
Buhari and Obasanjo
Speaking in Abuja during the launch of a book titled “Muhammadu Buhari, the Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria”, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday, expressed thanks to God that he and President Muhammadu Buhari did not settle their differences by “looking at each other through the barrels of guns”.
According to TheCable News, the former military leader who made a speech during the launch of the book authored by Proffessor John Paden, Obasanjo described Buhari as an upright man, and to buttress this point, he went down memory lane in recalling an encounter he had with Buhari, when the incumbent president served under him as a commissioner.
“President Buhari and I have had many encounters, but most of them in parallel. Not too long ago, we had a direct opposition at the ballot box. But even then, it did not affect our relationship. And fortunately, we didn’t have to look at each other through the barrels of our guns. I thank God for that.
“On one occasion when President Buhari was a commissioner for petroleum, he went for an OPEC meeting in Saudi Arabia, and each leader of a country was given a special gold coin. President Buhari, then an army officer, came back to show his superior the gold medal which was very expensive, and said: ‘This I was given, if I give you, promise me that you won’t give it to somebody else.’
“And that came about because one of his colleagues bought me a hand-made shoe, and after I discovered that it was too luxurious, I gave it to my ADC. I believe President Buhari heard about that story, and he wanted to make sure that I didn’t give out the gold coin… But don’t ask me where the coin is today,” he said as the audience, which paid rapt attention to the elder statesman, erupted in laughter.
The book, a biography, chronicled the struggles, and the career of the President Muhammadu Buhari until May, 29, 2016, when he assumed office as a democratic leader.