In a letter to former president Goodluck Jonathan, Olusegun Obasanjo offered words of encouragement, and also congratulated him on the successful handover to current president Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Vanguard, Obasanjo wrote the letter in response to another letter sent by Jonathan in which he revealed plans to start a foundation through which he would continue to service humanity.
Obasanjo’s reply to GEJ, dated October 12, 2015, reads:
I write to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of September 22, 2015. I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your successful handover to the current President of Nigeria, H.E. President Muhammadu Buhari.
I am happy to note that you had a good rest and time with your family during the break. I hope you also had time to reflect and see what lessons you have learned and what you can bequeath to others.
All of us who have had experience in our service to the nation and to humanity must not put it under the bushel.
I have to commend you and your Foundation, Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, for the faith you continue to have in Nigeria.
Maybe seeking how to be better and more serviceable to the nation and humanity is also a form of penitence and soul-searching to give conscience a relief and to show remorse.
I wish you well as you continue to forge ahead with your activities in the coming months and years. If there is any area you feel I can be of help, you should not hesitate to call on me.
In case you missed it, here is the initial letter Jonathan wrote to Obasanjo:
On Friday, 29th May, 2015, I completed my term of office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and successfully handed over government to President Muhammadu Buhari. I immediately proceeded on a long deserved break. I have enjoyed a delightful time with my family and close friends.
Now, well rested, I am back to work; to continue to serve and dedicate my life to promoting peace and prosperity for all. I have set up an office in my home state of Bayelsa, where I can be reached and members of my staff are poised to serve you and respond to your enquiries at all times.
Furthermore, I will be devoting the rest of my life and energy to making the world a better place. I am currently finalizing efforts to set up The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation. More details on the work of the foundation will be available at the launch, which I believe should take place by the 3rd quarter of 2016.
As I start this new phase of my life of renewed service to humanity, I look forward to your continuous support, counsel and cooperation.
Please, do accept the assurance of my esteemed regards.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan