Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in his usual sense of humour, declined to respond to a question from reporters requesting him to talk on ailing President Umaru Musa Yar’adua.

Obasanjo, who was in Kuje Area Council, Abuja on Saturday for the opening of a one-day Nigerian Inter-Faith Action Association (NIFAA) training of faith leaders on the fight against Malaria, refused to respond to the question from a group of reporters who laid ambush on his way out of the venue.

NIFAA is an interfaith based organization founded by Blair and co-chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111 and Roman Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan.

When the reporters approached him, he turned towards them, apparently to respond to their questions but the first question from one of the reports on whether he was planning to visit his “political son, ailing President Umaru Musa Yar’adua in Saudi Arabia,” he characteristically turned back his face the other way round and proceeded to waiting vehicle.

The reporters tried to follow him but before they could reach him, he jumped into a jeep with a foreign number and zoomed off.

Speaking earlier at the event, Obasanjo congratulated NIFAA for bringing the two religions together to fight malaria, which he described as deadly.

“Wherever we have the two religions working together, they need to be celebrated. What people say about us is that Nigeria is a land of religious conflict, a land of a religious killings, a land of destruction of property and lives. But this is not about the destruction of life and property but saving of life,” he said.

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