Governor Ortom was among the selected state governors who recently visited President Buhari at Abuja House, the official residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Terver Akase, the Governor said the President was in high spirits when the Governors’ delegation arrived and held fruitful discussions as well as cracking jokes with the team.
Ortom also said the great improvement in the President’s health is an indication that God is answering the prayers of millions of Nigerians.
“God has answered our prayers. It is one thing to pray and it is another for God to answer; so let us continue to pray. Our God is God of the beginning and the end. As He is healing Mr President, it is our duty to pray so that God will consummate the healing so that our President can come back.
“He is eager to return and is very grateful to Nigerians for praying for him and he wishes us well”, the Governor stated.
According to the Governor, President Buhari showed great concern about the security situation in Benue State and asked him how he was addressing the challenge. Ortom said the President was briefed on the efforts his administration has made to ensure peace in the state.
He, therefore, urged the people of the state to continue to support the leadership of the country both at the federal and state levels to enable the government serve them better.
Also speaking after the meeting, Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano state expressed delight over President Buhari’s better health condition.
“From what we are hearing, we see that Mr President is in a much better condition. We were very happy to see him. He came out personally to shake hands with us and went back and sat down. The chairman of the Governors’ forum made a brief speech and he (President Buhari) also responded and cracked jokes,” Ganduje said.
The governors met with the president on Wednesday, July 26, in London where he has been for more than 60 days on medical treatment. After meeting with the president, they returned to the country on Thursday, July 27.
The governors who were selected to represent the six geo-political zones were led by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara who is the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum.
Meanwhile, the personal assistant to the president on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, has dismissed suggestions that President Buhari’s medical condition is critical.
In response to enquiries from twitter users about the president’s health, Onochie linked Buhari’s current health travails to old age in a tweet on Thursday July 27, 2017.
When asked why Buhari could not seek medical attention in Nigeria, Onochie stated that the president could not change the doctors he had been using for the past 30 years.