Jonathan in secret meeting with Danjuma day after ex-general blamed Nigeria’s woes on leadership

President Goodluck Jonathan

The meeting came a day after the retired general said the nation’s problem remains leadership.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday held a closed door meeting with former Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja a day after the retired general said Nigeria’s problem had to do with its poor leadership.

Mr. Danjuma had on Saturday said one of Nigeria’s greatest problems remained the failure of its leadership and that the nation and the economy were in tatters.

He spoke in Zaria, Kaduna State, after he was turbaned the Jarmai Zazzau by the Emir of Zazzau, His Royal Highness, Shehu Idris.

According to the former General, “there cannot be peace and harmony in the country where there is wide disparity between the few rich and a multitude of the poor”.

Gen. Danjuma told the gathering that he had taken “several risks in his lifetime for the sake of Nigeria’s unity and progress”.

“What has been in short supply are patriotic elder statesmen who would use their experience and wisdom to give the country a clear sense of purpose and direction.”

“When elders become decadent, the youth are bound to become delinquent,” he said, adding that “Nigerians are rather confused and are like flocks scattered on many hills without a shepherd, which is a clear indication of leadership failure.”

Mr. Danjuma, a retired general who served at the highest level of government while in service and after retirement, is now reputed amongst the nation’s richest men, owning an oil bloc.

A source who disclosed the meeting with the president, could not however give more details on the discussions held behind closed door.

Our source said although he was not privy to the subject of their discussion, the parley did not look like one between a president and a man who a day earlier had lashed out at his administration and leadership.

The source said Mr. Danjuma was the last visitor received by the President shortly before leaving for Yaounde, Cameroun where he is expected to take part in the summit of Heads of States and governments of the Economic Community of Central African States, the Economic Community of West African States and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, which kicks off on Monday with a focus on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea.

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