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Obasanjo rejects front-row seat at Afreximbank meeting in Abuja

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo caused a stir at the on-going African Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank) Annual Meeting in Abuja.

He chose to sit among the participants instead of a front row seat reserved for him among the dignitaries, at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton.
No one knew the reason for Obasanjo’s action and he did not explain to anyone.

Before Obasanjo’s arrival, Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State; Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and Albert Muchanga, African Union’s Commissioner for Trade and Transport were already seated.

He arrived when Benedict Oramah, the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank was delivering his welcome speech.

Earlier, the meeting witnessed the opening ceremony which featured a documentary on the history of Afreximbank’s 25 years of existence.

George Elombi, the Executive Vice President of Afreximbank had also delivered his introductory remarks.

But when Bronwyn Nelson, the Editor-at-Large of CNBC Africa who was moderator of the event, walked up to welcome Obasanjo at the entrance with the aim of ushering him to his seat, the former Nigerian president refused and chose to sit on an empty seat on the right row of the hall.
Everyone was surprised at Obasanjo’s action including the other dignitaries at the front of the hall.


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