The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Saturday, reacted to the viral video of him meeting with Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President in Abuja.
Tinubu cautioned Nigerians making an “issue” out of the meeting with Atiku.
The APC National Leader explained that he only exchanged pleasantries with the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the airport.
Tinubu had met and exchanged pleasantries with Atiku, a chieftain of the PDP at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja on Friday.
Atiku had arrived from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), at the same time that Tinubu was within the airport premises.
Upon his arrival, the former Lagos State governor had walked towards Atiku as he alighted from his vehicle and they exchanged pleasantries.
Despite political leanings and different party affiliations, both prominent politicians are known to be longtime allies.
But some Nigerians while reacting to the exchange of pleasantries cautioned others against trusting politicians.
However, Tinubu has asked those who are not happy that he greeted Atiku to have a rethink because as they are friends.
He made the remarks through his spokesman, Tunde Rahman.
Tunde Rahman said there is nothing wrong with the meeting of his principal and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar at the Abuja airport on Friday.
Many social media users were surprised at the meeting of the two chieftains who belonged to different political parties in the country.
Commenting on the meeting via his Twitter handle on Saturday, Rahman wrote, “On the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu – Alhaji Atiku Abubakar video at Abuja Airport. It was a chance meeting at the airport in Abuja. Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar had arrived first and was in his car about to leave when Asiwaju arrived.
“As he was informed about him, Asiwaju walked up to Atiku vehicle to exchange pleasantries with him.
“Those making an issue out of this noble gesture should have a rethink. For the life of me, are they saying if two persons know each other and are friends, they must not greet each other as mature persons again because they find themselves in opposing political parties? If that’s their thinking, this is a warped idea!”