President Goodluck Jonathan and former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday attended the 50th Independence Anniversary celebration of Kenya.


Shortly before the Kenyan independence celebration which was held at the Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani, Nairobi, the former President made a surprise appearance at President Jonathan’s hotel.

Obasanjo had earlier written a strongly worded letter to Jonathan. The Presidency has since described the letter as self serving and provocative, stating that President Jonathan will respond at the appropriate time.

He had a private breakfast with President at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, where he was lodged and left immediately after.

At the venue of the event, the former President was seen sitting quietly and was making calls on his mobile hand set at intervals, through the period of the event.  In his speech at the event, Jonathan called on all Kenyans to unite, as there was no alternative to moving their nation forward.

He noted that in building their nation, they must make unity their focal point adding that the destiny of Kenya lies with its people and as such the people must strive hard to take their country to a greater height.

Jonathan said he was happy that Rhaila Odinga was present at the event and working with President Uhuru Kenyatta. “Nobody can love you more than Kenyans, so you all have to jointly develop your country. All Kenyans should come together to form an inclusive society.

“Africa since 2007, many African countries like Kenya have been celebrating 50 years of independence and freedom, our founding fathers talked of political freedom to be followed by economic freedom.

“The present generation of African leaders must work hard on science and technology as well as industrialisation, so that there could be economic development and freedom” he said.


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