Thank you for naming railway after me, Jonathan tells Buhari

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, said his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari “is okay”.

Jonathan also appreciated the President for a railway station in Agbor, Delta State, after him.

Buhari on Saturday approved that the name of the railway station be called the Goodluck Jonathan Railway Station and Complex.

Jonathan said this in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after meeting Buhari behind closed doors at the Residential Villa, Abuja.

Their meeting centred on the crisis in Mali and efforts aimed at restoring peace in the country.

The Buhari regime has since inception in 2015 been accusing the Jonathan administration and other administrations of the Peoples Democratic Party before it of corruption.

Many members of the Jonathan’s administration, including ministers and aides, are currently being prosecuted, fuelling speculations that the two leaders may not be in good term.

But when asked to speak on his relationship with the President, Jonathan said, “You have been seeing me coming to see the President and you have been seeing us having friendly conversation. So, our relationship is okay.”

The former President described the naming of Warri-Itakpe rail station after him as a good gesture by the President.

He said the gesture was commendable, adding that completing the railway programme, one of the legacy projects of previous administration, is the way to go.

Jonathan said, “Let me use this opportunity to commend Mr President publicly. I have already sent a letter to him appreciating the good gesture.

“Completing the railway programme is good. It shows that the President is going on with the legacy projects of previous administrations, and that is the way to go.

“So, I sent a letter to him. I have commended him verbally too. I appreciate it, I thank Mr President, the Minister of Transportation and others that made it possible.”

Buhari had on Saturday approved the naming of the Railway Complex in Agbor – the operational hub of Itakpe Warri rail line after the former President and it’s now known as the Goodluck Jonathan Railway Station and Complex.


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