Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a responsible and vibrant opposition.
He tweeted his comments after hosting the leaders of both the governing All Progressives Congress and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Since the president came to power in 2015, he has not had any strong opposition from the PDP.
The PDP, which governed for 16 years, has been weakened by internal wrangling following struggles over its leadership.
He has only faced vitriolic verbal assaults from the lone voice of Ekiti state’s Governor Ayodele Fayose.
Governor Fayose, from the PDP, had been unrelenting in his criticisms of the president – sometimes, to the point of using abusive language.
However, with the PDP leadership crisis now sorted, there are indications it couldd now rise up to the challenge of providing the expected opposition that has been largely lacking for the past two years.
Democracy cannot survive or thrive without vibrant opposition. pic.twitter.com/pJK3Ql0DYC
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) August 25, 2017