Obasanjo, Danjuma Snub Each Other at Airport

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

By Chinedu Eze

The lingering frosty relationship between former president Olusegun Obasanjo and his former Defence Minister, Theophilus Danjuma came to the fore yesterday when they refused to see each other at the Presidential Lounge of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Danjuma, who arrived earlier at the lounge in a black Mercedes S-500 car with registration number RX 547 AAA around 3:30 pm and was ushered into one of the rest lounges, did not show any indication of the arrival of his former boss, Obasanjo who arrived at the lounge by 5pm.

The two former senior military officers were aware of their being at the lounge but made no attempt to meet each other.

Danjuma angrily rebuffed journalists with a wave of hand when he was approached and asked what he had to say about the state of the nation.

While he was waiting inside the lounge, a private jet, Hawker Sidley 125, with registration number ZS-5AH, conveying Obasanjo landed and the former President disembarked and was met by newsmen.

Obansanjo, who was coming from Dakar, Senegal, was informed by newsmen that Danjuma was at the lounge and he swiftly replied, “greet him,” with a frown crowding his face, as he walked away to his vehicle.

Expectations by newsmen that Danjuma would come out to greet his former boss never materialised and his aides who seemed aware of the ill-feeling between the duo, stood stiff with unfriendly looks.

When asked to compare Senegal and Nigeria as the West African country has turned 50 years, which Nigeria will attain on October 1, 2010, the former president retorted: “There is no comparison between Nigeria and Senegal because Senegal is a Francophone country while Nigeria is not.”

However, when a Federal Government’s Cessna Citation aircraft with registration number NAF 050 arrived at about 6:15, Danjuma, came out and boarded the flight.

The retired General again refused to talk with newsmen.

Danjuma was recently appointed Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee, by the Acting President Goodluck Jonathan.

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