There was a mild drama on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at the Council of State meeting as photographers and cameramen ‘snubbed’ the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari for his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
Buhari led Jonathan as well as former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar and former head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan to the meeting.
It was reported that cameramen and photographers focused on Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for some minutes while Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, governors and other officials in attendance remained standing.
This is the first meeting of Council of State to be attended by Jonathan since Buhari became president.
Since leaving office, Dr. Jonathan’s profile as a global statesman and democratic has been on the rise. Despite efforts by his successor to tarnish his image under the guise of an “anti-corruption war”, Jonathan continues to receive international recognition and be celebrated for his role in preserving Nigeria’s democracy and that of Africa.
On the other hand, President Muhammadu Buhari continues to blame former President Jonathan for the ailing economy of the country and continues to allege, falsely, that the treasury of the country was looted under Jonathan’s watch.
Jonathan has pushed back on Buhari’s claimings saying that he left huge amounts of money in the national treasury and that he managed the economy well.