From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari met with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (REEG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja with his Deputy, Yemi Osinbajo in attendance.
Adeboye arrived the forecourt of the president’s office with Osinbajo inside the vice president’s official car at about 12:30pm.
He arrived shortly after the visit of the Liberian President, Ellen John Sirleaf.
The clergyman was led straight into the president’s office and the meeting, which lasted for about 20 minutes, was tagged: “Private.”
Adeboye, however, declined to take questions from State House correspondents as he went straight into his waiting car, led by Osinbajo at the end of the meeting.
When asked for comments, he simply said, “God bless you.”
As he was entering his white unmarked car, Adeboye repeated, “God bless you all.”
Meanwhile, Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi also met with Buhari and Osinbajo separately inside the Villa.
Ogunwusi arrived the Villa at about 1:10pm with his retinue of aides and had earlier held a private meeting with the president for about 20 minutes in his office. He was ushered into the president’s office by the vice president.
As soon as the meeting with Buhari was over, Osinbajo returned to his office where he waited to receive the monarch and his entourage.
At the end of the meeting with the president, Ogunwusi told newsmen that the parley centered on peace and progress of the nation which both of them stand for.
He said he also discussed youth empowerment with the president. On the campaign of unity he had been embarking on since he received his staff of office, the Monarch said he would not bother himself whether he is accepted or not.
According to him, “I have a clear strategy, if you don’t want to accept me, I will accept you.
“It is very important and I will be very persistent about it (the unity campaign) because it is a divine calling.
“It is not by my power nor by my might. It is a calling from the King of kings who actually appointed me to this throne.
“So, I will be very persistent. About acceptability, if you do not accept me today, you will accept me tomorrow. It is a clear mission and I will be persistent about it.”
Ogunwusi said apart from the mass transit scheme he initiated for his people, he is also currently working with the Minister of Agriculture in order to encourage youths to return to the farm.
He said about five acres of land would be made available to each of the youths so that they can return to the farm.
Ogunwusi added that over 200,000 youths have already been assembled for the programme.