Hm! Obasanjo, Babangida, Abdulsalami in closed doors over Buhari’s health


Three former Heads of State  including Generals Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar had on Monday met behind closed doors over the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The meeting, which took place in the Hilltop Mansion of Babangida in Minna, the Niger State capital, was said to have taken place between “late afternoon and evening”.
Informed sources told the Media that only Obasanjo, who was equally civilian president from 1999 to 2007, Babangida and Abubakar attended the meeting.
It was learnt that the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, who picked Obasanjo from the Minna International Airport, was excused shortly before the meeting commenced.
The meeting was said to have lasted over two hours.
The meeting, according to a reliable source at the Hilltop residence of Babangida, was in relation to the ill health of Buhari.
It was learnt that the three former rulers considered the implications of the exit of Buhari at this point based on the unwritten arrangement for the rotation of the Presidency between the North and the South and the fallout of the emergence of former President Goodluck Jonathan after the death in office of former President Umar Yar’Adua.
It was gathered that the concern centre largely around the response and approach that should be taken in the case of Buhari exiting the Presidency at this time.
Since his return from the United Kingdom for medical treatment over a month ago, Buhari has not been seen in public except twice when he went for the Friday prayer at the Aso Rock mosque.
He has not attended the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting in the last three weeks.
One was cancelled based on the excuse that the secretariat could not put together the files for the meeting.
Unconfirmed reports have it that Buhari has offered to step down in order to attend to his health, but a cabal in the Presidency has been holding him against his wishes.
Sources told the Media that in the bid to keep the meeting in Minna a closely guarded secret, several visitors who ordinarily Babangida would attend to were prevented from entering the house ahead of Obasanjo’s arrival.
 It was revealed that Obasanjo was led straight to the inner meeting room of the Hilltop mansion where Babangida and Abubakar were already waiting for him.
Bello was said to have left immediately after pleasantries, leaving the trio to discuss for over two hours.
Obasanjo,  left the Hilltop Mansion in the late hours of Monday unnoticed. “The debt encumbrance is a significant impediment to the Discos’ ability to borrow money to finance their capital investment, and their financing of the entire value chain,” said Oduntan.
He also spoke about the recent N701.9 billion approved for the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) to pay the Gencos for power that would be supplied from January 2017 to 2019, saying that if the retail end of the market would be ignored by the government in its intervention, the N701 billion may not sustain the electricity market.
“It is a good first step towards resolving the market liquidity challenge and ensuring that the upstream operators are not financially distressed, but it is not a complete solution to the problem.

“As long as the retail end of the value chain continues to under-recover its cost, any possibility of the government recovering its intervention or fixing the ailments of the sector is an illusory one,” Oduntan stated.
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