- Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday, February 18, worshiped with ex-president Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke
- The former president was in the state to commission some of the projects carried out by Dickson's administration
- Obasaanjo seized the opportunity to call for peace, reconciliation and oneness in Nigeria
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has once again met with ex-president Goodluck Jonathan when he worshiped with him at St. Stephen Anglican Church, Otuoke Diocese, in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state.
The former president who was visiting the state on the invitation of Bayelsa state government had commissioned some of the projects carried out by the administration of the state governor.
Punch reports that the church service had in attendance Governor Seriake Dickson; his deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd.); Jonathan’s wife, Patience; former military governor of old Rivers state, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, top officials of Bayelsa state government and many other prominent personalities.
Obasanjo, who spoke to the congregation called for peace, reconciliation and oneness in Nigeria.
“What touched me most in this short gathering is the children coming forward and singing the welcome song and dressing in the attire of different cultures, different tribes and different linguistic groups in Nigeria.
“And for me, that underpins the homily you (Rev. Oruwari) gave to us — reconciliation.
“Unless we preach, we teach, and practise reconciliation, we will not have peace.
“And unless we have peace, we will not have development; and unless we have development, we will not have growth; and if we do not have growth, we will not come out of poverty.
“Even if some of us are exceptionally lucky and they are able to get out, the majority of us will be ridden in poverty and that is not what God has ordained for this country.
“What God has ordained for this country is for this country to be a land flowing with milk and honey; a land of plenty and a land of prosperity,” he said.
Going further, Obasanjo said it was a privilege to worship in the church, particularly with Jonathan, whom he described as “my brother, my colleague and my friend.”
On his part,ex president Goodluck Jonathan expressed his appreciation to Obasanjo for his visit and for worshipping with him in the church in his hometown.
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“It is a unique opportunity. ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo promised that he was going to visit my village when I visited his hometown after leaving office. But I did not know it was going to come at this time.
“But we have to thank Governor Seriake Dickson because Obasanjo was to come here only once. The Governor insisted that immediately he comes in, Obasanjo would come and see us, and that before he leaves, he will also worship with us,” Jonathan said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that former president Olusegun Obasanjo was on a visit to former president Goodluck Jonathan in his country home, Otuoke, Bayelsa state.
Obasanjo was invited by the governor of the state, Seriake Dickson to commission some government projects.
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