Since the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, took to Twitter to share a picture of former President Olusegun Obasanjo using two hands to shake hands with President Buhari, the Twitter community has been on fire.
The picture was taken at the ongoing 33rd Africa Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where Obasanjo and other prominent diplomats met with President Buhari at the opening of proceedings on Sunday, February 9, 2020.
But the fact that the former president decided to use his two hands to give President Buhari a handshake, has become a major talking point on Social media. This is so because Obasanjo is perceived not to be happy with Buhari’s administration. He has written a series of open letters condemning the “misrule” of the incumbent president.
The former president was among the prominent politicians and leaders in Nigeria who did everything within their powers to ensure President Buhari won the 2015 presidential election against former President Goodluck Jonathan.
However, the story changed in the 2019 presidential election as he joined the block that wanted to frustrate President Buhari’s second term bid; an attempt that wasn’t a success. After the election, he continued being a top critic of the All Progressives Congress-led administration.
So, when the picture of him giving President Buhari a handshake with both hands surfaced on the internet, most Nigerians were amazed and it was like a good political point for the ruling party.
President @MBuhari with former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo today at the Opening Ceremony of the 33rd African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, in Addis Ababa. #AUSummit2020 pic.twitter.com/FPuYO7xii5— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) February 9, 2020
But, it is in the nature of the former president to show respect to constituted authority even though he hardly misses an opportunity to hold them accountable.
Before the 2019 general elections, the former president met with President Buhari and literally bow to salute him, despite being his junior in age, military rank and political success.
Obasanjo also accorded the same respect to former president Jonathan prior to the 2015 general election. He bows to the then incumbent president not minding the age difference and political records.
So, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is just a typical Yoruba man that can prove his respect for you through greetings but criticise you when he has to.