President Muhammadu Buhari says democracy needs a vibrant and responsible opposition.
Buhari said this on Friday at a meeting with leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said the meeting was not a party occasion or a political gathering but a symbol of the country’s unity.
“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,” Buhari said.
“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.
“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.”