Abdulsalami Abubakar

A former Nigerian military leader, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), is in talks with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Abubakar was seen at the Presidential Villa on Thursday few minutes after noon.

What both parties are discussing is not known yet, but the former Nigerian leader had in June said he believed that lasting peace could return to Nigeria.

He called for dialogue between government and various insurgency groups including the Niger Delta Avengers militant group.

General Abubakar also lamented that Nigerians were suffering unduly because of the actions of various insurgents including the Boko Haram, Avengers and Biafra agitators.

The meeting between President Buhari and the former leader is coming days after the Boko Haram sect released a new video of some girls it abducted from Chibok community two years ago.

The group had in the video requested for prisoners swap with the girls.

General Abubakar played a major role in the transition of Nigerian government from military to a civilian government in 1999 and in ensuring a smooth transition from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Party.

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