Jonathan had written his estranged godfather, seeking blessing for his next public engagement: The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation. In the letter , Jonathan addressed the former president as “Dear Baba” as he informed him that after his handing-over of power to President Muhammadu Buhari, he is proceeding on a “long deserved break.”
Obasanjo has however replied him, advising him (Jonathan) to use the new Foundation he is set to establish to engage in soul-searching and in reviewing his past actions. In the letter, dated October 12, 2015, Obasanjo also advised Jonathan to consider the Foundation as a platform through which he can heal his conscience and demonstrate penitence over his past actions.
Obasanjo’s letter dated October 12, 2015, Premium Times reports read:
Dear President Goodluck Jonathan,
“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.
Meanwhile, Goodluck Jonathan was appointed as a leader of a 33-nation observer mission to monitor the election in Tanzania.
[GOODLUCK JONATHAN FOUNDATION] Obasanjo Replies Jonathan’s Letter