Following his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, and defection to the ruling party, APC, from PDP, Nigeria’s former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode, has hailed the President and said he was wrong about some of his past criticism of the Buhari government.
Fani Kayode who defected to the APC on Thursday, September 16, made this disclosure as a guest on Channels Television. Despite criticism from Nigerians who believe he has betrayed their trust by joining the APC whose rule under the presidency of Muhammadu Buhari, has brought about untold hardship on the people, FFK said he has come to find out that Buhari is a president that listens if you express your opinion through the right channels.
It is absolutely clear to me that the perception that we had in the past, that many people had, is clearly wrong. We can work together, we can come together, we can build bridges, we can effect unity in this country. A man that I believe would not listen to anybody else in the past, I was quite wrong on that. With his receptive ears, his reception, and those around him; I have seen that definitely this is a man that one can work with provided you go through the right channels
Femi Fani Kayode
FFK went further to reveal that he has had a good relationship with Buhari for the past few months, and has “discovered a lot of things that I did not know before.”
“However, having moved closer to him (Buhari) over the last few months, I have discovered a lot of things that I did not know before. There is a lot going on behind the scenes.
The most important thing is this – if I believe in a certain philosophy or I believe that we should move in a certain direction, and I am getting positive responses when I act from within the family as it were, and do so behind closed doors and ensure that change is effected in terms of policy, the way in which the country is run, the way in which disputes are settled among our various people and in terms of war against terror, and I get positive results on the consequence of my personal contributions at various levels; then I have to respect that.
Over the last few years, I spoke against him (Buhari) probably more than anybody else in this country. I am not saying Mr President is an angel and I am certainly not saying he is a demon; I am saying he is a man like every other man.”
Despite FFK claims, a lot of Nigerians have argued that his defection to APC was largely influenced by personal interest as preparations/plans for the 2023 general elections continues.
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