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BREAKING: Buhari holds closed-door meeting with Catholic bishops (Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently holding a closed-door meeting with top Catholic bishops in Abuja.

The president’s Special Assistant on Digital Communications, Bashir Ahmed, confirmed via Twitter that the meeting with executives of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria is taking place this morning at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting whose agenda was not stated and is still unknown to State House correspondents is coming weeks after Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), held talks with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

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The APC candidate was accompanied by his wife, Oluremi; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, governors, federal lawmakers, and some chieftains of the party.

At the meeting, Tinubu told the CAN leadership that his decision to vie for the nation’s top job is in line with the country’s Constitution as he allayed fears over his same-faith ticket.

“I seek to become Nigerian president not on religious grounds but on the Constitution. Thanks to the body for the invitation to candidates to speak of their plans for the nation,” he said.

“I believe in the need for a secular government and for us to work in the interest of the country just as I did in Lagos State by returning the missionary schools to the rightful owners.

“I never chased people out of Lagos. My choice of Shettima is borne out of the urgent need to address the challenges facing the country as Shettima possesses strong leadership abilities which he exhibited when he was the governor of Borno State. I wanted a progressive government that was why I selected Shettima.

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“Choosing a Christian running mate would have been easy but that is not the case. We have urgent challenges that do not depend on religious leanings but on the best of hands that can address it.”

Moments of the president’s meeting with the religious leaders are shared below:

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