Buhari ‘cheerful, healthy’, says Saraki

President Buhari receiveing Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Senate Leader Senator Ahmed Lawan on Wednesday in London

Senate President Bukola Saraki has insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari is ‘healthy’ after leading a National Assembly delegation to see Buhari.

Saraki, Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the Senate majority leader, Ahmed Lawan met with the president at the Abuja House on Wednesday.

“We were delighted to see that President Buhari is doing well, was cheerful and in good spirits. The president I saw today is healthy, witty and himself,” Saraki said in a post on his Facebook page.

Buhari had earlier in February received former governor of Lagos State and leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Tinubu and former chairman of the party Chief Bisi Akande. The president also spoke to the US President Donald Trump.

In spite of the criticism and controversies his absence has generated, Saraki said Buhari being away from the country has not created a vacuum in the government and insisted that ‘there is no cause for alarm.’

“The president’s absence and imminent return show that there is no vacuum in government and our system of democracy is working with all organs of government fulfilling their mandate,” He said

Buhari left Nigeria in January for London to “undergo routine medical check-ups” during a short holiday and was expected to resume work on February 6. But he later extended the vacation on the advice of his doctors, his spokesman, Femi Adesina said then.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly today, February 5, 2017, informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors,” Adesina said in a statement.

“The President had planned to return to Abuja this (Sunday) evening but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning. The notice has since been dispatched to the Senate President, and Speaker, House of Representatives.

“Mr President expresses his sincere gratitude to Nigerians for their concern, prayers and kind wishes.”

Buhari’s current visit to London would make it the second time in less than a year he has gone there for medical treatment.

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  • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

    Kai! Presido- Fulaini, V.Presido, loluba, Senate President, loluba, Senate Leader, loluba, Speaker – loluba, Defence?, Interior Minister? etc. Police affairs? Haba! Haba!! Haba!!! Haba!!!! and a gerson eater says the political future of the Iboman lies in APC. No victor,No vanquished kwo! Abeg their is a vanquished or is it? Allah yaye Maka alubarika Megida Buhari and get well soon.

  • Ify Onabu

    The issue is not whether Buhari is ‘healthy and cheerful’ or otherwise. The issue is whether a man or woman who has health issues and apparently unfit should ever aspire to be the President of Nigeria. In the run-up to the last us presidential elections, the Trump camp made a meal of Hillary Clinton’s health issues. Why are Nigerians being treated to this comedy in relation to the health of the Mullah? If the Mullah is finding the office of the President too burdensome for a septuagenarian, why can’t he just resign and make way for a younger, healthier man…or woman?

  • Pastor Chris Allu

    No healthy politician from the North ? Shame !!!

  • Christopher Adodo

    It is becoming embarrassing for a
    country with oil resources, but does not have advance medical facility that is good enough to treat the president.
    Unfortunately, Nigeria has leaders who always prefers other countries either to enjoy themselves or receive medical treatments.
    Surprisely they are proud about it and shameless as well.
    The question is, what does it takes to have the same facility in Nigeria? At least other Nigerians will benefit from it, and as well as saving foreign exchange.

  • Iskacountryman

    president of nigerians in london…