Former president Olusegun Obasanjo said he has forgiven former president Goodluck Jonathan while the latter also said he has forgiven the former for his ”sins” against him while in office.
To show true reconciliation, Jonathan visited Obasanjo in his hometown last year.
To reciprocate the visit Obasanjo also visited Jonathan in his hometown Otuoke in Bayelsa State this weekend.
To show that he has forgiven Jonathan completely, Obasanjo attended a church service with Jonathan in Otuoke. Hear what he said during the church service:
“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.
Obasanjo said further that it was a privilege to worship in the church, particularly with Jonathan, whom he described as “my brother, my colleague and my friend.”
In his own remark, former president Goodluck Jonathan expressed his appreciation to Obasanjo for his visit and for worshipping with him in the church in his hometown.
“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.