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Ahead Of Inauguration, Buhari, Tinubu Meet In Saudi Arabia

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President Muhammadu Buhari has met with a national leader of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with a national leader of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

Mr Buhari is in the holy land to perform Umrah, the lesser Hajj.

The meeting Monday, tagged “Iftar dinner meeting” by the presidency is coming few days to the inauguration of Mr Buhari for a second term in office.

According to a statement by the spokesperson to Mr Buhari, Garba Shehu, Mr Tinubu used the occasion to appeal to elderly Nigerians to avoid inflammatory statements that could undermine peaceful co-existence among the nation’s diverse communities.

Mr Tinubu on Monday said the PDP is reputed for “saucy and distractive statements’’, urging Nigerians not to be angry with the opposition party, but assist them in overcoming their “colossal defeat” in the February 2019 elections.

“Don’t blame them. They are handicapped by the traumatic feelings of the colossal loss of the election. You should help them to manage the trauma,” he said.

Mr Tinubu commended Mr Buhari for the recognition of June 12 as the nation’s Democracy Day.

Other guests at the Iftar dinner were: Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Isa Dodo; the president’s nephew, Mamman Daura; Isma’ila Isa; Wale Tinubu; and Hakeem P. Fahm, who is the Commissioner of Science and Technology, Lagos State.

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