Buhari Health Update: Dogara, Saraki, Others Pay Visit to President In London
Also accompanying Senator Saraki on the trip are House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, his deputy, Yusuf Lasun, and Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan.
The four-man delegation will meet the president who travelled to the UK for a 10-day vacation on January 19, but later extended the trip indefinitely.
According to reports obtained by Premium Times, the National Assembly leaders are off to see president Buhari.
The report, however, clarified that Speaker Dogara would be joining the rest of the delegation tomorrow due to an ongoing gathering of ECOWAS parliamentarians in Abuja.
A legislative aide to the Speaker, Mr. Oladimeji disclosed to newsmen via telephone:
“The Deputy Speaker is part of the delegation but he is going to meet them in London tomorrow.
“A meeting of ECOWAS parliament is going on now in Abuja and he had to be there.”
Although the motive of the trip has not been officially disclosed, there are strong indications that it has to do with President Buhari’s health.
Buhari Health Update: National Assembly Send Delegation
This is coming barely a week after the president called Mr. Dogara and Mr. Saraki, and both confirmed the president was hale and hearty.
Speaker Dogara had said:
“He said he was pained by the suffering endured by most Nigerians last year and he’s resolved not to let events of 2016 repeat themselves.”
On January 19th, President Muhammadu Buhari departed Nigeria on a 10-day leave, which he had to extend to address some personal health challenges.
A letter was transmitted to the National Assembly seeking to extend his vacation on February 5, fuelling speculations that his health had deteriorated.
However, top presidential aides and associates have maintained that the president is in a sound state of health.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo told reporters in the State House last week Tuesday saying:
“Let me first say the president is hale and hearty.
“I spoke to him just this afternoon and we had a fairly long conversation; he is in good shape and very chatty.”