Contrary to speculations about his state of health, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday hosted a delegation of the governing All Peoples Congress (APC) to lunch in London.
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, confirmed this in a telephone conversation, according to Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
Adesina said in a State House press release signed by him that the president conveyed his best wishes to all Nigerians:
“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”
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had also visited the president in London on July 11,and reported that he was recuperating fast.
President Buhari left Abuja for London on May 7 for follow-up medical checks and treatment.
Below is the full text of Adesina’s Press Release:
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
THE BUHARI WE MET, BY GOV OKOROCHA
In a telephone conversation following the meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and leaders with President Muhammadu Buhari in London Sunday, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, said the President was very cheerful and has not lost any bit of his sense of humour.
The governor 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.
He said 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 noted.
Governors Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa; Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna; Yahaya Bello of Kogi; and APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, were also in the delegation.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
July 23, 2017.