Why President is welcoming visitors now - Garba Shehu

Laverne Mann
July 27, 2017

The Governors are; Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, David Umahi of Ebonyi State, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Samuel Ortom of Benue State, and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met Sunday with four state governors from his ruling All Progressive Congress party and a cabinet minister in London over lunch, the presidency said.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who was also part of the briefing, said the selection of members of the delegation was done by the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF).

While it is not ideal to have a president absent for so long, Donnelly said there had at least been a formal and transparent process over who is running the country.

He dismissed the insinuation that Governor Ayodele Fayose of southwest Ekiti, a renowned critic of President Buhari's administration, was deliberately excluded from the trip.

The photo released Sunday is the first sight of the 74-year-old since he left in early May.

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The health of Nigeria's president has been a sensitive issue since the death in office of president Umaru Musa Yar'Adua in 2010 after months of treatment overseas.

At the end of the meeting, Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, who was in the delegation said: "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".

"More meetings are coming; there will be broader ones".

He said, "When I made enquiries as to why he is still waiting, why he is still not back home, all I got as an answer is that he is just taking some vitamins to increase his appetite to regain his lost weight".

However, Adesina insisted that only the president's doctors could determine his exact date of return.

The presidential spokesman added that the Presidency was not in any way disturbed by the two cases instituted in court seeking to compel the Federal Executive Council to declare Buhari incapacitated and asking Senate President Bukola Saraki to constitute a medical panel on Buhari's health condition.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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