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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar Publicly Kneels Down to Greet Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo



A rather unusual but interesting piece of news that seems to be trending this morning is that of the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, kneeling down to greet his former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo.

Atiku and Obasanjo, who served as Vice President and President of Nigeria respectively, between 1999-2007, had an estranged relationship during the last lap of their second term in office. However, in a surprising turn of events, Atiku was reported to have knelt down and bowed his head to greet his former boss at a public function yesterday.

According to Daily Times, the act took place at the venue of the 2012 Comptroller-General of Customs’ conference in Katsina.

Both men were among a retinue of VIPs invited to the opening of the week long Comptroller-Generals’ conference held at the newly inaugurated auditorium of Katsina State University.

Obasanjo, who arrived ahead of Atiku, was seated next to second republic President Shehu Shagari and the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade.

Atiku, who arrived nearly 40-minutes after his former boss, first greeted the Emir of Gwandu, Muhammad Iliyasu; Emir of Katsina, Abdulmimini Usman; the Ooni and Shagari who were seated at the podium.

When he got to Obasanjo, the former Vice President knelt down and bowed his head to greet his former boss. The delighted crowd followed the mild drama with applause.

I wonder where all the cameras were at this time. This is one picture I would have really loved to see.

Many have said the unusual public display by Atiku is an attempt to win favours for his political ambition in the 2015 General Elections. Others have said it is just a publicity stunt.

What do you say? What do you make out of this public show of “respect”?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. yawn

    November 27, 2012 at 11:06 am

    who cares? if he likes he should kiss his ynash literally..i dont care

    • Purpleicious Babe

      November 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      my first reaction… *raised eyebrows*

    • faith

      November 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Lol….I don’t care too…yeye pple

  2. Benson

    November 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I am happy with Atiku.That shows that your boss will ever be your boss whether in the office and out of the office.It is good for our youths who are always watching the political terrain to learn.It is always good to see our leaders happy and have respect for each other instead of fighting and throwing insulting words to each other.No matter the diversity,we are one nigeria.Long live Nigeria,Long live Obasanjo and Long live Atiku.

    • Iris

      November 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Surely this comment has been made tongue-in-cheek…

  3. Gyann

    November 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

    all join….

  4. nenye

    November 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

    hahahaha dis na part one of the intriguing movie mtchewwww

  5. aby

    November 27, 2012 at 11:51 am


  6. winnie

    November 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

    am not a fan of any but weda this was fake or not, i am touched the two actually greeted. Atiku am impressed.

  7. idn1

    November 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Humility or Wayo? You choose.
    No pictures to back this tale making rounds yet. Still wonder how this would make Nigeria better should it be true.

  8. Amazeballs!

    November 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    who gives a shit!

  9. I_I

    November 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Chief Obasanjo – ” . . . of whom it has been said has an equal capacity for great good and great evil . . .” – with a nasty grudge-holding habit . . .

  10. dee

    November 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    “When he got to Obasanjo, the former Vice President knelt down and bowed his head to greet his former boss. The delighted crowd followed the mild drama with applause.”…… thot the caption read kneels down. *whew*

  11. Glam

    November 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Propaganda et al…godfather things.

  12. [email protected] Yawn,you made my day

    November 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    BN I don’t know

  13. Eve

    November 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Seriously, who cares? How will stop BH from bombing? And it will not affect our standard of living either.

  14. ofilispeaks

    November 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    =/ why is this news now…

    • pwinces

      November 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      Dats d question I asked too…abeg jor

  15. doris

    November 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    *Side Eye*….

  16. Tiara

    November 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    @ Benson: Haba!! Dont u sense something? Nawa for you sha!! Lol!

  17. slimzyose

    November 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Baba has shown him d kind of stuff he’s made of

  18. Omotee

    November 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Abi o. How does that affect the price of fish in the market? Worefa mehn.

  19. X factor

    November 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm


  20. T Baba aka Pres OBAMA is my cousin on my sister's husband's Uncle's Aunt's GrandMas side 4 times removed... O_o

    November 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    He probably checked his bank account balance before he walked into the venue…. He was paying homage to BaBa for all the Billions of Naira he was able to steal while in office… O_o

  21. grapes

    November 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Atiku, if u like wash from now till tomorrow, i nor go vote u. dont see what u have to offer as a president

  22. grapes

    November 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm


  23. Okunade bola

    November 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    they are both a disgrace to DEMOCRACY and did their tenure affect the GDP?

  24. Okunade bola

    November 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    obviously the vast population of nigerians are still in darkness,they keep looting d treasury and all u do is clap @ their show of u know what inequity,inequality and injustice mean?ignorance is no excuse,go read the HEIRACHY OF NEEDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Fan

    November 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    The Nigerian Politician: Polite and Cunning

    An act of respect or an act of ambition… history shows that many have done such prior to today with individual ambition being the primary motivator for such.

    Men whose only philosophy is “more, more, more” what ever it takes.
    a few examples are as follows:
    Tinubu and Adebanjo (nadeco)
    Mimiko was said to have done the same with Tinubu
    Ndige did the same with Uba
    Fashola with Tinubu
    and a lot more we have no record off.

  26. pynk

    November 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    ATiku must be tryna come back in 2015! *yawns* Jona watch ur back!

  27. Robert Young

    November 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Press failure again.
    Where were the camera men?
    It would have been the picture of the year
    If the story is true, then i’ll say “well done Atiku” for display of maturity.

  28. Jo

    November 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Mr. High cheekbones knows what he is doing.He is too power hungry. We are sure to see him and his black blush everywhere- just in time for the presidential elections.
    Why was the crowd cheering? Nigerians will get excited over nothing. Even if Ebele is spotted at a circus juggling oranges, we will be rejoicing. We’re too easily impressed that’s why we will always be doormats to these people and to the foreigners.

    • Uber Posh

      November 27, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Ever heard of the saying ” A rich man never makes dry jokes” ? …………As in what ever he says even if the jokes were dry, everyone will laugh in sycophancy

      That’s what I get, when I make dry jokes! people just laugh in sycophancy expecting favours from me

  29. partyrider

    November 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    who cares? BN please enough of these political articles and on Nigerians falling hand abroad.they have been too many of recent..sigh

  30. Brandigest

    November 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Let me assume the news was real, do you have to kneel to show your political loyalty or respect?

  31. i no send

    November 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    [email protected] mr high cheekbones…you guys in bellanaija are cray cray sha..i hav laughed till I’m almost choking..yeah he really does have very high cheek bones..

  32. Halliburton Thief

    November 28, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Atiku is Nigeria’s most corrupt politician. I hope he says hello to his fellow halliburton fraud partner in jail.

  33. NNENNE

    November 28, 2012 at 3:33 am

    What does he want? Presidency?


    November 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Only fools, will ever be fooled and remain fooled.

  35. MEE

    November 29, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Lol @high cheek bones! I really laffed! N’to d’issue, abeg who cares o? Mscheeeew

  36. Soothsayer

    November 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I don’t know why it is taking some people so long to realize that Atiku is the next presido of Nija in 2015. Obj prostrated for him in 2002 and he knelt down for Obj in 2012 sheekenna. Afterall he is the most qualified for the office amongst all known aspirants as of today.

  37. amaka

    December 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Obasanjo nd others need 2 be flush out of dis planet earth b4 dis country wil be better,

  38. Benroll

    March 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Living by example but when it is not extended to every thing then it is non sense

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