Those present at the meeting with Mr. President were governor Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Gov. Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Gov. Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Gov. Rochas Okorocha, APC National Chairman, John Oyegun, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, among other leaders of the party.
The chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, speaking on the outcome of the meeting said President Buhari was very cheerful and has not lost any bit of his sense of humour.
He said that the party delegation spent more than an hour with President Buhari over lunch and that he (Buhari) was delighted to receive the delegation and asked each governor about affairs in his state.
He added that the president also asked the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who was one of the delegates about the state of the railways.
Governor Okorocha stated that it was very clear from the discussions that President Buhari followed developments at home very closely.
Reacting to the negative things being said about him, Governor Okorocha said President Buhari “just laughed”, describing such reports as lies and sent his best wishes to Nigerians.
The governor further asked Nigerians to remain calm and that the President would be back as soon as the doctors give him the green light.
“By our visit to London today (Sunday), 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 a better use for their time,” Okorocha said.
The meeting is coming more than six weeks after the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, said that the President was recuperating fast.
This is also the first time the presidency is releasing a picture of the president since he travelled to the United Kingdom for medical attention for the second time this year on May 7.
Returning from her visit to Mr president on June 6th, Mrs Buhari, had conveyed the President’s appreciation to Nigerians for their prayers, and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for his loyalty.
She said the President urged Nigerians to continue to be strong in the face of challenges and to support the Federal Government in implementing the agenda for which they were elected.
Nine days later, on June 15, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, described Mrs Buhari’s comments about the President’s health as “the most authentic news” available at the time.
Professor Osinbajo had also said that President Buhari was in high spirits and recuperating fast, after travelling to meet with the President on July 11.
AP Osinbajo had stated that the President would be back soon, although he gave no specific timeline regarding his return.