Ailing president Muhammadu Buhari, 74, appeared in public full of vitality for the first time in more than two months, hosting a delegation of APC Leaders and governors in London.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, said the President was very cheerful and has not lost any bit of his sense of humour.
“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.
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.
President Buhari is under increasing pressure to disclose the nature of his illness to the nation, as lawsuits continue to pile up challenging his fitness to continue as president of the federal republic of Nigeria.
The nature of Buhari’s illness is still a mystery, constantly played down by leaders, aides and party members who have called him “hale and hearty.” But his prolonged public absences have prompted anxiety across the nation.
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.