President Jonathan, Fani-Kayode Hold Closed-Door Parley


SAN FRANCISCO, April 08, (THEWILL) - President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday met Mr.

Femi Fani-Kayode, one of his strongest critics in the media and member of the opposition, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The closed-door meeting held inside the President's office in Abuja.

Details of the meeting were sketchy as at the time of writing this report but may not be unconnected with Mr.

Fani-Kayode's public condemnation of plans by the APC to field a Muslim/Muslim ticket as its presidential and vice presidential candidates for the 2015 general election.

Though the often outspoken and controversial politician has no commanding political following to sway elections in favour of a political party or candidate, analysts are of the opinion that the President will not let an opportunity to take a shot at the opposition pass by.

Fani-Kayode is presently standing trial for corruption and money laundering related offences during his tenure as Minister of Aviation.

Speaking to newsmen at the end of the meeting with the President, Mr.

Fani-Kayode said: '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.