Tuesday, 25 July 2017

APC governors’ visit to Buhari an insult to Nigerians – PDP | Buhari is fit to return home – Al-Makura

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the visit by APC governors to President Muhammadu Buhari in London as “an insult to Nigerians”.

In a statement by PDP spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye on Monday, the party said the APC did not think it was right for the President to speak to Nigerians directly.

The party said:  “It is an insult to Nigerians because they don’t think that we are important; once they meet with the president that is all, and they will come and show us a picture.

“They don’t even think that it is necessary for the president to send message to Nigerians or for themselves to come and tell us what happened during that meeting. They merely planted pictures in the front pages of all the newspapers, and they think that is alright.

“That is not the way to behave in a civilised country. At least, ordinarily we should have been having daily bulletins on the president’s health, the man is being treated there in London with tax payers’ money, and we elected him to do a job.”

Adeyeye said the PDP wished the President well, stating that it was wrong for the APC leaders to visit the President and show Nigerians pictures.

“We wish him well, and we want him to live, but it is pure contempt for Nigerians for a group of people, party leaders to just go and meet the president and come and show us pictures without saying anything either from them or from the president to Nigerians. It is pure contempt; it is an insult to our collective intelligence,” he said.

Meanwhile,  Nassarawa State governor, Tanko Al-Makura has said President Buhari is not confined to a chair as being insinuated by critics.

Al-Makura was one of those who paid a visit to the President in London on Sunday.

Others include APC National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun, Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, Governors Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) and Yahaya Bello (Kogi).

In an interview with The Nation, Al-Makura said Buhari was “agile”, while stating that they brainstormed on national issues during the visit.

He said, “The President is fit enough to return any time.”

“We did not only visit the President, we walked, we sat down with him and we fraternised the way we used to do. He was not confined to any chair or any place.

“The President was really looking himself and very healthy. He was very alert, very concerned about the country and he was abreast of the latest issues in Nigeria. He has information on everything going on in the country.

“He maintained his agility, his strength, his wit and the alertness of his mind. As far as I am concerned, the President can come back any time from now. He is fit to return home.”

Al-Makura added, “For about an hour, we brainstormed on a number of issues, especially about national interest and the unity of this country. We spoke generally on how to handle issues or policies that will enhance the quality of life in this country.

“The President also tried to find out how each state was doing from the governors on the trip. And he asked questions from party leaders and all members of the delegation.

“After a long session, we ended up on the dining table where we feasted with the President.”

On the allegation that the trip was not real, Al-Makura said, “Anyone can embark on wishful thinking. I was a member of the delegation and I have told you the truth about the way we met and interacted with the President.

“The onus is on who alleges to prove otherwise. Whoever says we didn’t go is casting aspersions on our integrity. This is really unfortunate. We have no cause to lie to Nigerians. I just came in this morning and I have all my travel documents intact.

“I am surprised that anyone could say that we didn’t see the President. It makes me to appreciate the extent to which a person  can go comical.”

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