President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received the executives of Nigeria’s ruling and main opposition parties, and declared that such a bi-partisan show of support meant Nigeria had united. Opposition he said, does not mean hostility.
“This visit signifies the unity of Nigeria. It is not a party occasion. It is not a political gathering. It is a symbol of our National unity. It is also an expression of the maturity of our democracy,” Mr. Buhari said, according to a brief statement released by the Presidency.
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES APC AND PDP CHIEFTAINS 1 R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari during a Courtesy Visit by the APC and PDP Chieftains at the state House held at the Banquet Hall in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE/STATE HOUSE. AUGUST 25 2017
Both parties put their differences aside and went to Abuja to welcome Mr. Buhari who had been in London for more than 100 days treating himself. He returned on Saturday, August 19, to a rousing, royal welcome.
“Multi-party democracy is a very tried and tested form of government. Opposition does not mean hostility, enmity or antagonism. Democracy needs opposition, one which is vibrant but responsible,” Mr. Buhari said.
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES APC AND PDP CHIEFTAINS 8: President Muhammadu Buhari in a hand shake with PDP Chieftain Senator BEN OBI during a Courtesy Visit by the APC and PDP Chieftains at the state House held at the Banquet Hall in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE/STATE HOUSE. AUGUST 25 2017
“I am very pleased to see you assembled here all shades of opinion in Nigeria. Please convey to our countrymen and women in your respective states my deep gratitude to all those who prayed for my recovery. I am imploring all Nigerians to continue praying for peace and prosperity in Nigeria. I thank you so much God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
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