Ex Gov Kalu Meets Nigeria President Buhari In London. Says Buhari Will be back before June 11

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on June 5th, 2017

Former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has told journalists that President Muhammadu Buhari will return to the country before June 11. Kalu said Buhari’s health had improved when he visited him in the UK last week and urged Nigerians to stop spreading messages of hate and division about the President’s health.

Speaking in an interview with reporters at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, he said: “I went to Washington to visit some business partners and from there stopped at London to see Mr President, who is recovering very fast.

“I am excited over the state of health of President Buhari despite the hate messages people were spreading about him. I am disappointed with the statement coming from some Nigerians about the health of Mr President. The messages some Nigerians have been spreading in the social media is unhealthy. I am calling on Nigerians to have a change of heart. Being a President, does not mean, you cannot be sick, the hate messages are becoming too much. There must be good sense of tolerance among the ethic groups, we are all one.”

Recall we informed you just a fews days back that Nigeria’s President Buhari, in London for medical treatment could be back to Nigeria in a matter of days. This is according to reliable sources inside Nigeria’s Presidency that wish to remain anonymous because they are not authorized to speak on the matter. Even though information from these sources have proved to be reliable in the past, an important caveat is that those making these claims inside Nigeria presidency are die-hard Buhari loyalists while official channels remain mum on the condition of his health and the progress of his treatment.

President Muhammadu Buhari was last seen in public on Sunday, May 7 where he received the 82 chibok girls released by militants after the government paid a ransom of over 2 million Euros in cash and the Nigerian government also handed several captured militants commanders back to militants.

After meeting the 82 chibok girls released by militants, he had a meeting with the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo,Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Senate president, Bukola Saraki and then flew out to the UK to continue his medical treatment.

Buhari’s prolonged illness together with silence from the Presidency on his health condition has taken it’s toll on the Nigerian economy leading questions about his ability to discharge his constitutional duties as President and also to calls for his resignation from various interest groups, the latest being the Governor of Nigeria’s Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose.

Governor Ayodele Fayose on tuesday, described Buhari as incapacitated and called on the sick President Muhammadu Buhari, to show he loves Nigeria by doing the needful and resigning.

Governor Ayodele Fayose addressing journalists in Lagos, Nigeria through his media aide, Lere Olayinka attributed Nigeria’s present economic challenges to President Muhammadu Buhari’s health condition and said resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, the self proclaimed and avowed corruption fighter has become a moral issue that stands on par withn fighting corruption.

Governor Ayodele Fayose also said:

“We cannot wait again for somebody to hold us to ransom.‎ I don’t have any bad blood against Buhari. Osinbajo has no powers without the president. He owes us the duty to tell us the state ‎of his health.”

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed was asked to give the country an update of Buhari’s health condition, after the weekly FEC meeting of senior ministers in the capital, Abuja. He said,

“Once again, I want to make myself very, very clear. On the issue of Mr President, he is in very competent hands and there is no cause for alarm.”

President Buhari, 74, has spent a large part of this year in London receiving treatment for an unspecified medical condition. His wife, Aisha, has left Abuja to be with her husband. She previously played down rumours he was too ill to rule but said nothing on her departure from the capital.

Buhari, a former military ruler, has been dogged by speculation about his health even before the election win in 2015 that brought him to power. During that election campaign, the then-ruling party claimed he was seriously ill with prostate cancer and even put out advertisements insinuating he would die in office. Buhari rejected the claims as unfounded and designed to portray him as unfit for office.

He first sought treatment in London in June last year for what his aides said was a persistent inner ear infection, returning six months later for check-ups that was later said to be “a long period of treatment”.

Buhari himself admitted on his return to Abuja in March that he had undergone blood transfusions and a barrage of tests. “I couldn’t recall being so sick since I was a young man,” he added.

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