President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with leaders of the two major political parties in the country - the ruling All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party at the Presidential Villa, Abuja .
The APC delegation was led by the party ’s National Chairman , Chief John Odigie -Oyegun ; while the Chairman of the PDP ’s Caretaker Committee , Ahmed Makarfi, led the opposition party ’s delegation to the meeting .
Buhari in his remarks described the visit by the two main political parties as signifying the unity of the country .
The President noted that a democracy needs a vibrant but responsible opposition , adding that opposition does not translate to hostility and antagonism .
He thanked all Nigerians for praying for his recovery and asked them to continue to pray for the peace and prosperity of the country .
The President 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.
“ 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 . ”
Makarfi promised that the PDP will continue to support Buhari in his efforts aimed at moving the nation forward .