Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state has briefed his colleagues on their mission to London during which a delegation of the Forum visited President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja House where he s recuperating.
He told the governors in Abuja that President Buhari expressed appreciation for them for their cooperation with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in running the affairs of the country in his absence.
He said that the President appreciated the efforts of the governors in holding Nigeria together as a country and called on them to to continue to put their faith in his leadership.
The NGF Chairman said that the visit forms what many termed a first-hand assessment of the President’s state of health, as well as to deliver the governors’ goodwill message to President Buhari.
A statement issued by the Head, media and public affairs to the NGF, Abulrazque B. barkindo, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum was quoted as describing President Buhari as being “in very good health,” while assuring his colleagues that the he delivered the Forum’s message of goodwill to the President in response to which the President thanked the governors for “holding Nigeria together in his absence.”
The statement read: “this would be the first time anyone visiting the President is delivering any word from the President or revealing anything that they discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari who is on his 103rd day out of the country.
“Although President Buhari is reported to have felt fit enough to return and continue his duties of presiding over the affairs of the country, it wouldn’t be until his doctors give him the nod.
“However, those who have previously visited the president in London including the minister of Information and the presidents’ own media team have only returned to the country to narrate the status of the president as at the time they met him, but none ever delivered any wishes of the president or what he discussed with them regarding the Nigerian people.
“Governor Yari therefore becomes the only person to deliver a message to his colleagues, from President Muhammadu Buhari. Even the governors who went along with Governor Yari Abubakar had in their earlier statements only spoken about the Presidents stability and were mute about a message.
“Before that visit by a delegation from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Imo and Kaduna State governors, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and Mallam Nasiru el Rufai respectively had visited President Muhammadu Buhari along with other top functionaries. But, mum was the word.
“At Wednesdays NGF meeting, the Executive Director/CEO, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib had solicited the governors’ cooperation to pay up their counterpart funding quota by Aug 23 to enable his agency embark on a nationwide immunization exercise but the chairman of the forum had asked the agency to allow all governors to meet that obligation by September 10, saying that the ultimatum was too short as most governors are in Abuja and may have to be here until Friday.
“Dr Faisal Shuaib stated that the Federal Government is contributing N3bn to the agencies coffers for the exercise.
“The governors also listened to a presentation on the informal sector taxation by a solution provider.
“Earlier the Director General of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Mr Ashishana B Okauru had told the governors in an update on the polio status of the country, that Nigeria is once again expected to be tipped off the global polio map by way of delisting in 2019.”[myad]