Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina has defended President’s Buhari’s decision not to address Nigerians from his Abuja base in London since leaving the country for almost 80 days ago.
Following anxiety and negative speculations about President Buhari’s health, the Presidency had earlier released images of the President at a meeting with governors from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and leaders. It was the first time Buhari had been pictured in London since leaving the country for a medical follow-up in London.
But during a phone conversation with Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Femi Adesina explained why President Buhari did not consider a video recording to address Nigerians formally, adding that it is the way the President prefers to do things with Nigerians. Hear him:
“It is a matter of personal style, there is no style that you can call ‘the’ style. The style of our President is what you have seen on display and by now two years after he came, I am sure that we should understand him.
“We should know the kind of person he is, we should know how he prefers to do things and that is how the President is.
“That just tells you that that is the way our President is, we elected him willingly and we have seen that this is the way he is.”
Adesina’s comment is coming less than 24 hours after the President hosted the APC delegation in London where Buhari said he was unperturbed over the negative comments about him back here in Nigeria.
In a related development, some Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been selected as delegates to pay President Buhari a visit in the United Kingdom.
The delegation consists of six governors who were picked from the six geo-political zones of the country to pay the visit organised by the office of the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (retd.), the PUNCH reports.
Listed among the six governors are Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo).
The four governors are from the South-South, South-East, North-West and South-West respectively, while it is speculated that the other two governors are expected to come from the North-East and North-Central.
According to reports, the governors had been directed to be at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, on Tuesday, July 25, where they will be flown to the United Kingdom. The governors are expected to have lunch with the President before returning to the country on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
Buhari has been receiving treatment in the UK for an unspecified illness. He left Nigeria on 7 May on a second trip to the UK for treatment this year.
Though Nigerians have been told that Buhari would be returning as soon as doctors gave him the green light. But the undisclosed nature of the President’s ailment and his absence from the country so far has caused anxiety in various quarters in the country.
For instance, a pressure group under the aegis of “Concerned Nigerians” (CN) has threatened to embark on a nationwide protest and occupy the National Assembly as from August 7, if President Muhammadu Buhari failed to resume work as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to the organisation, it had started mobilising Nigerians at home and abroad to ensure the realisation of its demand for information on the health status of the President. A statement released by the group’s convener, Deji Adeyanju, and Secretary, John Danfulani, reads:
“The media was agog with the picture of President Muhammadu Buhari with leaders of his political party and some selected state governors. You will recall that President Muhammadu Buhari left the country since May 7 and has remained in London, United Kingdom, attending to an undisclosed ailment at the expense of taxpayers’ money.
“It will be 90 days on August 6 since the President left Nigeria. In line with our earlier ultimatum given to the president to return to the country and resume work on or before the 90th day of his departure from the country on medical tourism to the United Kingdom, we have commenced the process of mobilising Nigerians to ensure we demand accountability on the health status of the President and activate Section 144 to declare him incapacitated and declare his seat vacant.”