Buhari: Nigeria Governors’ Forum To Send A Delegation
By Oladapo Okeowo
It has come to light that a response to the EFCC Paris Club loan refund was not the only thing tabled at the emergency meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).
There are indications that the NGF intend sending a delegation of their peers to the United Kingdom to check on President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Saturday PUNCH, the Forum would send members to visit the President if he does not return to the country within the next week. This caveat is because the Governors have reason to believe, based on information available to them, that the president would return to the country this week.
According to Saturday PUNCH, a source, a governor, added credibility to the indications when he said the decision was taken at the meeting in Abuja on Thursday.
He said, “We will visit the President if he doesn’t come back in the next one week. We decided to do this after the leaders of the National Assembly led by the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki visited the President.
“It was a decision supported by all of us, including members of the Peoples Democratic Party, which is the main opposition party in the country.”
Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party Governors’ Forum (PDPGF), Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, said nothing was wrong with the Forum’s decision. He said the APCGF and PDPGF are just political constructs and that his faction would go with anything the umbrella Governors’ Forum says.
He said: “The health of the President should not be politicised. Anybody can fall sick, whether old or young. The President’s handlers are the ones causing confusion and creating room for rumours. They should have told Nigerians what was wrong with the President.
“We pray for the President to be strong so that he can return home on time to perform the functions Nigerians elected him to perform.”
President Buhari had notified the National Assembly and handed power over to the Vice President before leaving the country on Jan 23 for a 10-day leave that was to expire Feb 6. He, however, sent a noification to the National Assembly signifying a need to extend his leave due to medical reasons.
In that time, confirmation visits have been embarked on by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Senate Majority Leader Ahmed Lawan, Speaker of the House Yakubu Dogara; all members of the All Progressives’ Party (APC).