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Saraki, Dogara meet Buhari in London

By Chinelo Obogo PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday hosted Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in London, the United Kingdom, where he is on extended vacation. Saraki and Dogara’s visit came a few days after the President equally hosted ex-Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu and former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande. It came as anxiety mounts over the state of health of President Buhari. Others who also met Buhari yesterday are Yusuf Lasun, Deputy Speaker, and Ahmed Lawan, Senate Leader, who had travelled with Saraki and Dogara. Efforts to get what President Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly discussed at the meeting failed, as both Saraki and Dogara kept mum on the matter. A picture of the meeting released last night showed Buhari, Saraki and Dogara in smiles.

This development is coming barely three days after reports that United States President Donald Trump spoke to President Buhari by telephone. The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said, in a statement, the conversation between the two leaders was cordial, as Buhari congratulated Trump on his election. He said the two Presidents discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of equipment. He said: “Trump assured President Buhari of the US’ readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria, in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism. He also invited Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date.” Shortly after the two leaders’ phone discussion, professor of international law and jurisprudence at the University of Lagos, Prof. Akin Oyebode, said the need for President Buhari to speak to Nigerians had become more necessary, since he was able to communicate with President Trump.

He said silence could lead to questioning of the President’s credibility, but that it would be soothing for him to speak to Nigerians. “The least he can do for Nigerians is to either come back quickly or address Nigerians by teleconferencing or Skype or whatever. If the President can find time to talk to Trump, then he should be able to talk to us,” he said. Buhari commenced a 10-day medical leave last month and transferred power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo before he left for the UK. He was scheduled to return on February 6, 2017, but wrote a letter on February 5 intimating the Senate of his decision to extend his leave indefinitely, pending the release of results of his medical tests. Part of the letter to the Senate read: “Further to my letter dated January 18, 2017, in which I notified the distinguished Senate of taking part of my annual leave, during my leave, I took the opportunity to have routine check-ups and consult my long-standing doctors in London. In the course of the routine examinations, certain test results indicated the need for a course of medications and further appointments have been scheduled. “I am, therefore, notifying the distinguished Senate that I am extending my leave until the doctors are satisfied that certain factors are ruled out.” Last week, Saraki announced on his Twitter handle, @bukolasaraki, he spoke with the President on phone, saying Buhari was in high spirits. He tweeted: “Happy to have spoken with the President on Wednesday night and he was in high spirits. He was in good spirits and spoke about my working late into the night, as usual. “ Dogara also said he had a telephone conversation with Buhari, who he said called him last week Wednesday night.

The Speaker’s spokesperson, Turaki Hassan, said, in a statement, both men talked the previous day by 9pm. He said the President was pained by the suffering endured by most Nigerians and has resolved not to let the events of last year repeat themselves. Earlier last week, Acting President Osinbajo told reporters he spoke to President Buhari and that he was “hale and hearty.” He said: “I spoke to him just this afternoon and we had a fairly long conversation. He is in good shape and very chatty.”


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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 16th February 2017 at 6:01 am

    Saraki, Dogara etc. went to their master Britain as puppets, to be told what to do with Yoruba their errand slave.

    • christopher ebonine 16th February 2017 at 9:10 am

      wonders shall never end or stop, yes our president is alive is not the issue the here is that the so call born to rule are planning for some things that they do not want to us to know about, why should they be asking vice to agree on 5 command if all is well why should they asking him not to arrest any Hausa man, all the appointments given to Hausa should remains, that the country will not separate, that Hausa man should be next him. please they should divide the country in 4 so that they will eat their Tomato while we eat leaves I think is possible. a governor asked aguata to provide the army personnel that lost their life at Aguata if I may ask what about the Enugu Aba egwe-ocha Onitsha this governor should produce these people

    • christopher ebonine 16th February 2017 at 9:24 am

      are you surprise one thing I is clear there are a lot bribes going on people are selling human to make money some are kidnapers and all this people will be taking to court for stealing and jailed but look at them British know that if the country should be divide they will not succeed in playing game. if I may ask this question why is that Hausa has their own cut mark to be in rolled in the school but here if you have 200 cut mark admission will not be given to you have you ask urself that question have you try to find our why if you are newly intake in the army after your training you know that you done well your result sheet/your performances will be given to someone else and you will disqualified have you?

  2. Eze Austin Stephen 16th February 2017 at 6:02 am

    Can l speak with my President too? Am missing him.

  3. Nwachukwu AthanasiusC 16th February 2017 at 8:07 am

    no amount of lies you will tell the public to keep on believeing that this photoshop is real life. you people should say the truth let shame the devil.

  4. mikky 16th February 2017 at 8:29 am

    its funny how these honourable men try to fool educated and enlightened Nigerians.Every a little child will know that this is nothing but photo shopping. Why all the lies. The thing is that tax payers money is being wasted on this whole drama. These people only care about their convenience than telling Nigerians the truth. If all is well with buhari, simply show it on television. This photo tricks is not working.

  5. Gabs Khuma 16th February 2017 at 11:32 am

    What a country? for how long do we continue to be led like zombies in this land? The only land where leaders use lies &subterfuge to manage the affairs of state. Where is their patriotism? where is their professed so called love for the country? shame on them!

  6. Dr. Uche Kalu 16th February 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Only a Doctor, and indeed,an Otorhinolaryngologist,a Specialist in
    Meniere’s Disease,which afflicts President Buhari, can pronounce or rather certify that Buhari is healthy and well.
    If indeed, President Buhari is well and healthy,why is he still held up there, yonder in London?
    Oh yes,those bunch of liars and reprobates of APC are all semi-
    illiterates and non-native English speakers.They seem not to know the meaning of those two words,’healthy and well’.
    Like the Lying Lai Mohammed,Buhari’s Information Minister, all
    members of APC Party are damned liars.
    They have kept on lying, about the health status of our President.
    But the fact of the matter is that the Daura cabal around Buhari,
    kept him working all along,with overdose of opium.The poor man is indeed, addicted to a long use of opium and other pain killers.
    Buhari is indeed,currently in London for a de-intoxication therapy.His therapy might take a couple of months not days or weeks.
    As of now,Buhari is neither mentally nor physically fit to run his own private house-hold not to talk about his fitness and capability to run our entire country.
    The old man is simply incapacitated and he needs a lot of rest.
    However,in the United States of America, which political system we Nigerians emulate, the Security Adviser ( our Nigerian equivalent of Minister of Interior) to President Trump,Gen.Michael Flyn, was recently forced to resign. He lied to VP Pence about his telephone
    conversation with the Russian Ambassador to the US.
    Why can’t we Nigerians rise up and demand for an immediate resignation of our current lack lustre and dictatorial government
    of liars and conmen?
    Nigerians are irredeemably and rottenly corrupt to govern themselves, and that has been worsened now,because we are currently governed by a bunch of conmen and liars.
    No to the status quo ante bellum!
    Down with Hausa/Fulani/ Kanuri Islamic Hegemony!!
    Hail Biafra!!!

  7. Ezekiel Okeke 17th February 2017 at 6:41 am

    If it is in Republic Of Biafra now in existence that a president is said to be healthy, out of the country and refused to come back weeks to do his job, he will be impeached immediately- such present mess can only happen in the ruined entity call Nigeria. Even if it is when eastern region was part of the entity called Nigeria, he will be impeached immediately, but the north’s errand slave Yoruba cant do anything- a disgrace of a tribe, a region west.

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