In the first reported encounter with government officials since he
went on medical vacation to the United Kingdom last May, President
Muhammadu Buhari has laughed away negative insinuations about his
health, vowing to return to the country once he gets the all clear
from his doctors.
President Buhari spoke when he received a delegation of All
Progressives Congress, APC, governors, ministers and party officials
in London, yesterday. Among those in the delegation were APC National
Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo
State, Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State,
Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State and the Minister of Transportation,
Rotimi Amaechi. A statement by presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina,
said the President was very cheerful and has not lost any bit of his
sense of humour.
The governors, according to Adesina, said the party delegation spent
more than an hour with President Buhari over lunch, and it was very
clear from the discussions that he followed developments at home very
closely. According to Adesina, “the President was delighted to receive
the delegation and asked each governor about affairs in his state.
He also asked the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, about
the state of the railways. “When asked to react to all the negative
things being said about him, the President just laughed, describing
such negative reports as lies. Governor Okorocha said President Buhari
was completely unperturbed by the cocktail of lies. He, instead,
sent his best wishes to Nigerians.
“According to the governor, Nigerians don’t have to worry at all,
adding that President Buhari will be back as soon as the doctors
give him the green light. “By our visit to London today, the merchants
of lies have been put out of business and Nigerians will not buy the
garbage they have been selling. All those who look up to fake news
can find better use for their time,” Governor Okorocha was quoted as