Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Saturday reacted to the viral video of him meeting and embracing Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President in Abuja.
The former Lagos State governor cautioned Nigerians making an “issue” out of the meeting with Atiku, saying he only exchanged pleasantries with the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the airport.
Atiku had arrived from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), at the same time that Tinubu was within the premises of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja.
Upon his arrival, the former Lagos State governor had walked towards Atiku as he alighted from his vehicle and they exchanged pleasantries.
Reacting to the uproar generated by the meeting, Tinubu has asked those who are not happy that he greeted Atiku to have a rethink because as they are friends.
His spokesman, Tunde Rahman, in a statement on Twitter titled “On the @AsiwajuTinubu @atiku Video at Abuja Airport,” wrote: “Former Vice President @atiku had arrived first and was in his car about to leave when @AsiwajuTinubu arrived.
“As he was informed about him, @AsiwajuTinubu 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!”