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NIGERIA: Fani-Kayode Holds Talks with Jonathan, Mulls Return to PDP

There were indications Tuesday that President Goodluck Jonathan met with the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, ahead of the 2015 presidential election.

Fani-Kayode, one of the top critics of the Jonathan administration, is a former Senior Special Assistant and Minister of Culture during the regime of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He was said to have visited the Presidential Villa yesterday, where he held closed door talks with the president.

Investigation by THISDAY revealed that the former minister, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), may be appointed a Special Adviser to Jonathan any time soon.

He spoke with journalists but declined to reveal what he discussed with the President, saying: “I won’t go into that.”

Fani-Kayode said: “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.”
Asked what informed the change of mind having lambasted the President for “non-performance,” Fani- Kayode said: “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 to see how they can help to move the country forward.”

Fani-Kayode also criticised the APC as a party prompting one religion above the other when asked if he would dump the APC.
Fani-Kayode 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 the Christian community in the same way and even the non-religious.”

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