Why Buhari is Receiving Governors in London, Snubbed Fayose - Presidency Addresses Nigerians

The Presidency has addressed Nigerians, giving reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari who had initially barred politicians and other individuals from visiting him in London, has now changed his mind.
File photo: Buhari
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed to State House correspondents at a press conference at the Presidential Villa Abuja on Tuesday why the president is now receiving governors, other political leaders now in London.
According to a report by Punch, the Presidential aides said President Muhammadu Buhari had initially barred politicians and other individuals from visiting him in London, the United Kingdom, where he has been receiving medical attention since May 7.
The presidency attributed the President’s change of mind to what it called “the change in circumstances,” adding that this was the proper time for him to receive delegations rather than when he was indisposed.
When asked specifically to give the mission of the state governors, who will be meeting with Buhari on Wednesday (today), Shehu said, “The visit is a goodwill visit and there is nothing more than that.

“I believe Nigerians in various positions have yearned to go and meet the President and at some point, this obviously has not been permitted.

“But given the change in circumstances, you can see that it is coming from London itself and the President is welcoming it.

“It is a goodwill visit. As a cultural people, we visit people leaving hospital and I am sure the President himself will be delighted to see people coming from the six geopolitical zones to convey the goodwill of Nigerians.”
TORI News had reported earlier on Tuesday that six Nigerian governors including governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are jetting-off to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in London.
When asked why the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, a strong critic of Buhari, was not included in the delegation, Femi Adesina said the question should be directed to the NGF that did the selection.
When also asked why the President preferred such visits to broadcasting a message to Nigerians, Adesina said that was Buhari’s choice.

“It is a question of what he (the President) prefers and this is what he prefers for now. He would rather receive that delegation and that is what is happening. If the President opts for address, he will do it,” he said.
When asked why members of the President’s Media team were not part of the delegation, Shehu said the President’s Personal Photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo, would be part of the delegation.
“They say a picture conveys more than a thousand words. Bayo will be there and I think it will be more beneficial to Nigerians than if the Special Adviser was on that trip without a cameraman,” he stated.
When again asked why this delegation will be going when those who met with the President on Sunday were state governors, Shehu said, “You will notice that those that went at the weekend are members of the All Progressives Congress.
“So, those who are going now are on a broader platform, which is the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. As to who is sponsoring, I don’t have any information on that,” he said.
Adesina also justified the visits at a time when the President is said to be recuperating.
He said, “It is the right time for the visit like Mallam Garba said earlier. When somebody has recovered or something or the other happened, it is in our culture for us to visit such a person. So, this is the right time because the news is that he is recovering and recovering well.”

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