07-26-2017, 11:07 AM
Federal government sources have said President Muhammadu Buhari will return from his medical vacation in the United Kingdom next week after being away from the country for 79 days. But the sources who spoke under the condition of anonymity on Tuesday night, July 25, did not specify the date within the week when the president will be expected to return, Daily Trust reports. One of the sources said: “We have been told to be on a standby for the return of Mr President next week. Everything is in place now for that.” Another source stated: “We are very very hopeful that Mr President will come back to Nigeria next week. This is the only thing I can tell you for now.” The disclosure by the sources came hours after presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, told newsmen that he had no information about when Buhari will return. “If anybody is giving a timeline, that person might have information that we don’t have yet. But the information at our disposal is that the president will return as soon as his doctors give him the go ahead,” Adesina said. recalls that President Buhari has been in the UK since May 7 on medical vacation. During the period of his absence, some Nigerians, notably Governor Fayose of Ekiti state speculated that the president was critically ill or had become incapacitated. But these rumours were dismissed after a delegation of All Progressive Congress (APC) governors and officials visited the president at the Abuja House, in London on Sunday, July 23. Speaking on the visit, the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, said the president was very cheerful and has not lost any bit of his sense of humour. The governor said the party delegation spent more than an hour with President Buhari over lunch, and that it was very clear from the discussions that he followed developments at home very closely. Okorocha added that President Buhari was in good health and was completely unperturbed by the cocktail of rumours about his health. Meanwhile, seven governors were scheduled to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari in London on Wednesday, July 26. This was confirmed by Garba Shehu who is the senior special adviser to President Buhari on media and publicity. Abdulaziz Yari who is the governor of Zamfara state and the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum will lead the delegation that will meet with the president.