Former Nigeria Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi-Fani Kayode, has explained the reason behind his visit with highly placed APC chieftains, Governor Yahaya Bello and Governor Mai Mala Buni.
The fmr. aviation minister explained that the hs visit with the APC was basically on the issues surrounding national development, party politics, and the way to move the nation forward.
FFK was rumored to be planning his exit from PDP to APC following his visit with the party leaders.
Debunking the speculations, Fani Kayode took to his official Twitter handle to detailed the purpose of meeting with the political rival party, APC, stating nation-building and discussions on national security as the basis for the visit.
Read his full statement below;
“Yesterday, I had the honorand privilege of having a very productive and important meeting with the Nat. Chairman of the APC, Gov Mai Buni of Yobe state, and Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. We discussed the state of the nation, national issues, party politics & the way forward.
“These meetings are wide-ranging and ongoing, and I am delighted to be involved in them. Despite the obvious benefits and wisdom in this noble initiative, it amazes me that some people should feel that it is wrong for me to sit with other leaders in the country to discuss issues that touch and concern the national cohesion, future, and stability of our country.
”This is a time in which we must set all our differences aside, build bridges and come together as one lest our country drifts into fratricidal butchery and civil war.
“It is right and proper for us to talk and to attempt to join hands across political, religious, and regional lines to save Nigeria.
”I can and will never compromise or jettison my core fundamental principles for any reason, and I stand firmly on my honestly held opinion that we need to enthrone equity, justice, and fairness in this country for it to survive. I also believe in restructuring the country and in a vigorous and effective fight against terrorism.
”The fact that I am in talks with leaders from a cross-section of pol. Parties, including the ruling party, does not in any way derogate from this, and does not mean that I will ever change those views.
”The next few months will be critical in terms of whether or not our country will survive as one, and I believe that if we want it to be so, dialogue, building bridges, and collaboration, even with those that you may disagree with on some issues, is vital and inevitable.
”That was the purpose of our meeting. Permit me to add the following for the record. I will always stand for justice, and I will never cease to oppose evil.
“Yet the greatest evil that we are confronted with today is the prospect of a second civil war.
“Despite our differences, as leaders and statesmen, we must all sheath our swords and ensure that we never go down that path. May God help our country, and may He guide us all.”