September 10, (THEWILL) – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Saturday, visited the residences of former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd) and former military president, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (retd), where he met them separately behind closed doors.
While details of the meeting were not immediately known, Lawan, however, told Journalists that he was in Minna on a sympathy visit to General Abdulsalami, who just returned from a medical trip abroad.
Accompanied by the senator representing Niger East Senatorial district, Alhaji Sani Miss, Lawan arrived in Minna at about 1.30 pm, where he headed directly to the residence of General Abdulsalam.
He, later with his entourage, proceeded to the residence of General Babangida, where both leaders met for 30 mins.
Speaking to reporters after he met with Abdulsalam, the Senate President said that the two leaders have a lot of roles to play in ensuring the unity and peaceful co-existence of Nigerians, but explained that he was in Minna on a sympathy visit to the former Head of State, who is recuperating from an illness.
He described the visit as necessary, saying that apart from being an elder statesman, he has made a contribution to the development of the country.
“As our leader and elder statesman, we felt that it is necessary that we make this visit today to come and sympathise with him and his family. We are grateful to God for the lives of our fathers and we pray that they recover completely so that they would be able to continue with their good work of ensuring that Nigeria remains united and Nigerians live peacefully amongst themselves”, he said.
Lawan, who declined comment on the 2023 elections, insisted he was Minna for private matters and not a political visit.