Buhari To PDP: Be Vibrant And Responsible
Friday, August 25 can be described as the busiest day over the last 4 months for Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari.
He attended to national, regional, political and religious matters from morning till evening.
The national meeting was held inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja shortly after Buhari participated in the Juma’at prayers at Villa mosque.
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo was also in attendance.
Governor Ayodele Fayose of EKiti State, however, boycotted the meeting.
Before taking his seat in the Council Chamber, Buhari took his time to shake hands with all the governors present.
He even cracked a joke with the Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa , calling him one of the favorites of the press.
He thanked them for the show of love they had for him during his sickness.
Buhari's meeting with the governors follows an earlier one between him and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
At that meeting, which took place at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the President appealed for unity, pointing out that the country will benefit from vibrant and responsible opposition.
He said, "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 imploring all Nigerians to continue praying for peace and prosperity in Nigeria."
The APC delegation at the meeting was led by party's National Chairman, John Oyegun, while the PDP's delegation was led by Caretaker Committee Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
Speaking after the meeting, Makarfi welcomed the President back to his official duties and pledged to him the full backing of the PDP.
He said, "We believe the President of our country - regardless of what party flag he or she flies - is our President.
"We will never wish ill of anyone, not to talk of the person saddled with the responsibility of leading Nigeria.
"PDP is ready to offer legitimate, decent opposition. We will do this to keep govt in check, but ultimately for the benefit of Nigeria.
"We assure you of as much cooperation as an opposition party can give - after all the role of the opposition is to take over power."
Oyegun also praised the President's efforts to unify the country, saying that he has "sent out a message that he's President of all Nigerians, regardless of party, religion and ethnicity.