Obasanjo, Danjuma cause stir at Lagos Airport •As the 2 generals avoid each other

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The widely rumoured frosty relationship between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his one-time associate and colleague in the military, General Theophilus Danjuma, manisfested on Monday, as the duo shunned each other at the presidential lounge of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
Danjuma, who was the first to arrive at the presidential wing at 3.30 p.m. in white flowing agbada with a pair of black shoes, had earlier rebuffed journalists’ efforts to interact with him on the state of the nation.

Danjuma, who was approached to talk on the state of the nation suddenly became angry and told the journalists that asked the question “to get off my way” as he walked away.

While Danjuma went into the inner lounge at the presidential lounge to await his flight, a chartered Hawker Siddley plane marked ZS-SAH brought in former President Obasanjo to the presidential lounge at 4.45 p.m.

Obasanjo, who did not disclose where he was coming from when informed by one of the airport journalists about the presence of Danjuma, only told the journalist ‘greet him’ as he hopped into his official black jeep which drove him away to the surprise of everybody at the presidential wing.

In a normal situation, Danjuma as a military colleague and former political associate of Obasanjo, was expected to have come out to exchange pleasantries with the former president, a situation which pointed to the fact that all was not well with the duo.

The rumour doing the rounds in political circles was that the appointment of Danjuma by Acting President Jonathan Goodluck as chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee did not go down well with Obasanjo, who saw the act as a way of denying him access to the presidency.

Obasanjo, as president had withdrawn the oil block of Danjuma, a situation which strained the relationship between the two.

Meanwhile, Obasanjo has said there was no basis to compare Nigeria with Senegal in terms of development.

Obasanjo made the remark while fielding questions from newsmen at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Monday, shortly on arrival from Dakar, Senegal.

Obasanjo, who was in Senegal to attend activities marking the country’s 50th independence anniversary, said there was no basis to compare the two countries because “one is a Francophone country and the other an Anglophone country.”

Source: www.tribune.com.ng

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