President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with leaders of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The meeting, which started around 11.10a.m., had in attendance Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun and Chairman of the PDP Caretaker committee, Ahmed Makarfi.
Other APC members attending the meeting include the National Legal Adviser of the APC, Muiz Banire, Olorunnimbe Mamora, Tony Momoh, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, amongst others.
Those from the PDP are Ben obi and other members of the caretaker committee.
Below is a full text of what President Buhari told the party leaders, as issued by the Presidency.
I thank you sincerely, collectively and individually for finding time from your busy schedules to come all the way to Abuja and welcome me back home.
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.
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.
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.