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How Jonathan begged Buhari to settle the case with Reuben Abati

Buhari , Jonathan
The Jonathan Presidency begged Major General Buhari to settle the case with Reuben Abati and the Guardian out of court.
This is hard to believe but true. It was in all major news media. The Jonathan Presidency did beg General Muhammadu Buhari to settle out of court. And the noble man that Buhari is; he accepted. When this was happening, many of us read it but did not really realize what matter it was about – that it was about the great tarnishing of General Buhari's name. It was in different media under the various captions – “Presidency begs Buhari to settle slander case out of court,” in DailyPost [], and “Presidency Begs Buhari To Settle Abati Libel Suit Out Of Court,” in Leadership, etc.
Here's a quote from leadership:

Buhari , Jonathan

“The presidency has convinced former head of state General Muhammadu Buhari to settle out of court the libel suit he had initiated against the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Dr Reuben Abati.
Abati had on page 51 of the April 22, 2011, edition of The Guardian newspaper, written an opinion article entitled “For the attention of General Buhari”. In it, he claimed that Buhari made an inciting statement which led to the post-election violence that rocked some parts of the north.
The former presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), however, regarded the publication as defamatory, intended to lower his integrity and to bring him into public ridicule. Buhari consequently dragged Abati and The Guardian to court via suit no. ID/837/2011 and demanded N1billion damages from them.
But in a copy of the Terms of Settlement exclusively obtained by LEADERSHIP SUNDAY and filed before a Lagos High Court in Ikeja, the parties have agreed to settle the matter out of court.”
But after begging Buhari to make little of it, Reuben just shut up thereafter and the other Presidencies men went right on with the very same slander. Buhari being the gentleman, in fact over-gentlemanly, that he is, just sits back and watches these young desperate people secure their positions in hell for a little penny. It's really stunning and terribly sad.
General Buhari obliged and settled out of court. Reuben Abati with The Guardian published an unreserved apology to Buhari in the Guardian of 11th July, 2013.
And here is the post-settlement publication and retraction by The Guardian and Reuben Abati:
GUARDIAN Re: For the attention of General Buhari, Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00 Editor
SIR: “On April 22, 2011, The Guardian Newspaper published an article on page 51 titled “For the attention of General Buhari” wherein certain allegations were made against General Muhammadu Buhari's alleged role in the violence emanating from the elections.
The publication was based on information which we believed to be reliable at that time. Since the publication, however, we now have reason to believe that certain parts of the story were not verified to be correct before the publication.
We assure General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) GCFR of our highest esteem and regret any distress or embarrassment which the said publication may have caused him.” — Editor
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