Buhari says democracy needs ‘vibrant, responsible’ opposition

President Muhammadu Buhari talking
President Muhammadu Buhari talking

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja said democracy needs vibrant and responsible opposition to survive.

At a meeting with the leadership of the ruling APC and the PDP, Mr. Buhari said in a multi-party democracy, opposition does not mean hostility, enmity or antagonism.

“Multi-party democracy is a very tried and tested form of government. Opposition does not mean hostility, enmity or antagonism. Democracy needs opposition, one that 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,’’ he said.

Mr. Buhari enjoined all Nigerians to continue praying for peace and prosperity in the country.

In his remarks, Ahmed Makarfi, PDP caretaker chairman, said the opposition would always support the administration in all areas that are of benefit to the people.

According to him, PDP would continue to play the role of responsible opposition “energetically, vibrantly, but very decently and with all sense of responsibility’’.

“We assure you of our cooperation as much as the opposition can possibly give to enable you give your best in the process navigating the ship of our state into of a better tomorrow.

“We are glad to note that already the legislators of our party are cooperating with those of the majority party in both arms of the National Assembly to ensure a smooth legislative sail for the system.

“We are also proud of the contributions of our governors to the deliberations and other activities of both the National Council of State and the National Economic Council,” he said.

Mr. Makarfi stated that PDP would continue to support the fight against terrorism as well as other crimes like kidnapping, banditry and farmers/herdsmen clashes.

“We also offer our support for the fight against corruption and appeal that the institutions saddled with this onerous task be given the necessary encouragement and independence to do the right thing.

“There is no way we can have a respectable voice in the comity of civilized nations until we rebuild our institutions and imbue them with the necessary independence and confidence that will improve both their visage and standing with the citizenry,’’ he added.

The APC chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, described the meeting as a welcome development, saying the APC would continue to promote harmonious political environment in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting with the leaderships of the APC and PDP marked the first time President Buhari was meeting with the members of the opposition from the PDP since his assumption of office in May 29, 2015.

(NAN)


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  • TrueFairGame

    ‘Democracy needs opposition, one that is vibrant but responsible’ I like the choice of words here. We must balance freedom with responsibility to the society and consideration

    • Frank Bassey

      THRASH!

  • Vox Dei Populi

    @disqus_1S0APBhaF5:disqus,

    Who is now the real Muhamadu Buhari amongst them all?

    Look, look, look, Muhamadu Buhari has expired; mentally and physically. He’s a caricature president
    just drifting aimlessly since he scampered out of his hiding place in London under pressure from
    determined Nigerian protesters in the RESUME OR RESIGN responsible movement of activists.

    Since running back to Nigeria he’s had no clarity of thought. He intently lowered the standard
    of education in Nigeria with an announced proposal to make 30% failure grade in JAMB
    examination acceptable for university admission in Nigeria – for the unsaid benefit of
    the Fulani/Hausa/Kanuri Muslim students who’re wont to fail university aptitude test.
    Peaceful riots broke out yesterday as students took to the streets led by the
    Students Union Leaders. On their part the striking Academic Staff Union
    screamed havoc and vowed to wrestle Muhamadu Buhari on this issue.

    Before stoking those riots just five days after he returned from 103 days holiday
    in London for no disclosed illness Muhamadu Buhari had played a prerecorded
    tape to Nigerians as national broadcast where he warned that some Nigerians
    crossed the line whilst he was whiling away Nigeria’s time in London but did
    not name names of who crossed the lines of free speech. Now comes the
    same Muhamadu Buhari – all under one week – asking for a very vibrant
    opposition to his shambolic and wholly failing, stumbling and fumbling
    government. What sense can Nigerians make of all this squirming?

  • Emeka

    As an opposition between 2007-2015, Abeg help as this moron, how vibrant he was, except for his useless hate speech and inciting violence. Karma slash it all to his face. Even the world now knew the late Umaru yar adua, performed beyond expectations to compare this wretched moron of a president .