Former Minister of Aviation and a major critic of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, Femi Fani-Koyode, on Tuesday met with the President behind closed-doors at the Presidential Villa.
At the end of the visit, he declined to give details of his discussions with the President but told State House correspondents that “This is a presidential villa, the president is a president of Nigeria.
“Every single person in this country that is a Nigerian is entitled to come here from time to time, when the doors are open to come and pay their respect to the wonderful people that are here. As a Nigerian I have done that today and I’m delighted to be here.”
“I have always believed that every Nigerian regardless of the side of the political divide they belong, and as a Nigerian myself I have believed that we disagree on an issue from time to time the most important thing is for us to be able to resolve these issues come together to move this country forward.”
“And I think every right thinking responsible person should be able to do that. They should also be able to come to the villa from time to time and see how they can help to move the country forward,” he said
When asked to speak on what he discussed with the President, he said: “I won’t go into that.”
On whether he is leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC), he said: “The step that I will take will be made known to Nigerians at the right time. The most important thing and I think you are fully aware of this is that I cannot and I will not be associated with a situation whereby any group of people is promoting a religion above another.”
“I think all of us have gone past the stage of religious politics in this country. We must treat the Muslim community with utmost respect and we must treat Christian community in the same way and even the non-religious,” he added