President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari Friday noted the West African country’s democracy was not threatened but proving to be mature and stable.

Buhari, while receiving leaders from both the governing All Progressives Congress party and the leading opposition People’s Democratic Party at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja, acknowledged that democracy needed vibrant but responsible opposition as being currently exhibited in the country.

He said in a multi-party democracy like Nigeria’s, “opposition did not mean hostility, enmity or antagonism.”

The visit by the political leaders was essentially to welcome Buhari back home after he returned from a lengthy medical vacation in London.
“It (the visit) is a symbol of our national unity. It is also an expression of the maturity of our democracy,” the Nigerian leader told his guests.

Apart from being the first political meeting held by Buhari since he returned to Nigeria last Saturday, it was also the first meeting the 74-year-old leader held with opposition leaders since assuming office in May, 2015. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/