By Adenike Lucas
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, and the caretaker chairman of the PDP, Ahmed Makarfi were seen on their arrival to the meeting, which started at 11:10 in the morning.
President Buhari who was joined by his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo said it was not a “political gathering.”
The visit comes days after Nigeria’s commander-in-chief addressed the issues of hate speech in a TV broadcast.
The meeting held in closed doors, symbolised the unity of the country, the President said during his address to those present.
President Buhari said: “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,” he added.
“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.