NIGERIA: Atiku Welcomes Obasanjo’s Reconciliatory Move

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Former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has accepted the olive branch extended to him by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness in the interest of national unity.
In a statement issued by his media office in Abuja yesterday, Atiku said: “Forgiveness is divinely inspired and is the oil that lubricates the wheels of continued human interactions and engagements.”
The former vice-president, while commending his former boss for taking the bold, described it as a godly step in the interest of the nation and humanity.
According to Atiku, the process of national healing and reconciliation should advance to a new level and extend to other citizens of our great nation who may have had grievances against one another.
He urged politicians to learn from the words of Mahatma Ghandi that an eye for an eye would make our nation go blind.
“When I made a similar effort few years ago, it was on the conviction that it would not be beneficial to me before Allah, if I went to the grave with bitterness. Let us forgive one another so that we can team up for national rebirth,’’ Atiku urged Nigerians.
He maintained that even if one disagrees with Obasanjo, no one would doubt his firm commitment to the unity of Nigeria.
Obasanjo had on Sunday said he had forgiven Atiku as well as other perceived to have offended him.
According to the former president, “As a leader and father, I bear no grudge against anybody and if there is, I have forgiven them all.”
While reacting to the request of a group, Northern Youth Leaders Forum (NYLF), which  met with him in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, at the weekend, Obasanjo said: “On the request that you made, I do not have any grudge against anybody. And if there is any, I have forgiven all as a father.”
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