Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo travelled to the Benin Republic in the first week of August, according to The Cable.
Top sources in the country disclosed that Obasanjo travelled to Zanzibar, an island in Tanzania on August 1 and moved to the Francophone country.
A further report had it that the former President travelled to the Benin Republic in the guise of condoling with Nicephore Soglo who recently lost his wife, Roseline Soglo.
Roseline died on July 25 at the age of 87 in Cotonou.
Soglo was president of the Benin Republic from 1991 to 1996.
It was gathered that the former Beninese president and Obasanjo have maintained a warm relationship over the years.
Soglo is one of the African leaders who intervened at the time the Abacha regime arrested and jailed Obasanjo in 1995.
One of the sources said, “Former President Obasanjo travelled to Zanzibar on August 1. Perhaps to conceal his trip; he rerouted to the Benin Republic.”
“He was to condole with former President Soglo who recently lost his wife.”
Another source who was also privy to Obasanjo’s trip said: “He also met with Patrice Talon. The purpose of the meeting was to seek soft-landing for Sunday Igboho.
“He’s asking the Beninese authorities to grant the separatist leader asylum, and not to return him to Nigeria.
“The former president intervened at the request of some southwest leaders.”
Obasanjo returned to Nigeria by road through the Idiroko land border in Ogun state.