A photograph taken on September 16, 2021, exhibits President Buhari and Mr Fani-Kayode on the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, on Thursday mentioned he was fallacious about a few of his criticisms of the Muhammadu Buhari administration prior to now.
Fani-Kayode, who was a visitor on Channels Television’s Politics Today, attributed his actions prior to now to the truth that he didn’t know the President so effectively on the time.
“It is absolutely clear to me that the perception that we had in the past, that many people had, is clearly wrong,” he mentioned. “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.”
The former minister spoke hours after he met with President Buhari the place he was formally launched as the latest member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He was led to the assembly with the President by the APC National Caretaker Committee Chairman and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, in addition to Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State.
Not An Angel, Not A Demon
Fani-Kayode, a former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and robust critic of the President, defined his determination to return to the ruling social gathering.
According to him, he criticised the President prior to now and achieved that successfully when he felt it was acceptable to take action.
“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 previous PDP chieftain mentioned.
“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 shifting to the APC, the previous minister insisted that he would by no means change when it comes to his core values and ideas.
He vowed to hold such core values and ideas into the ruling social gathering and owed no one an apology for taking such a choice.