By Kenneth Ehigiator
LAGOSâ€”THE feud between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and General Theophilus Danjuma, played out at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, yesterday, as the former shunned the latter.
Obasanjo had arrived from Dakar, Senegal, where he was guest of the Senegalese President, Abdullahi Wade, on the countryâ€™s 50th independence anniversary, and as soon as he was told by reporters that his friend, General Danujma, was resting inside the presidential lounge, his countenance changed.
His terse response before hopping into the car for his Ota Farm was: â€œGreet T.Y. Danjuma for me. Tell him I am greeting him.â€
This was antithetical to the spirit of camaraderie that normally flows among prominent Nigerians who make use of the presidential lounge.
Obasanjo had flown into Lagos from Dakar, aboard a private Hawker Siddeley 125 jet, markedÂ ZS-5AH, at about 4.40 pm and told reporters that there was no basis for comparison between Senegal and Nigeria in terms of their achievements in 50 years of nationhood.
He situated this on the differing colonial experiences of the two West African countries.
Danjuma charges at journalists
However, while Obasanjo exchanged banters with aviation reporters on his arrival from Dakar, Danjuma who made for the inner lounge of the presidential wing, wore combative looks and charged at reporters when asked to comment on the state of affairs of the nation.
â€œGet out of here, you journalists,â€ he charged and later retired into the inner chambers of the VIP lounge.
General Danjuma, who is Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee, had arrived the presidential wing in an S-Class Mercedes Benz car, marked RX 547 AAA at about 3:40p.m, and rebuffed journalists earlier attempts to interview him.