President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in London received a delegation of the All Progressives Congress, led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun at the Abuja House.
In the photo (above), which was taken by Bayo Omoboriowo, the President’s photographer, Buhari can be seen enjoying some banter with the APC leaders and governors during a dinner. It was the first photograph of the president to be published since May 7.
A statement by the presidency gave the names of those who met with the president to include Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, and the APC National Chairman, John Oyegun.
Adesina said: “In a telephone conversation following the meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and leaders with President Muhammadu Buhari in London Sunday, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, 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 it was very clear from the discussions that he followed developments at home very closely.
“He said the President was delighted to receive the delegation and asked each governor about affairs in his state. He also asked the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, about the state of the railways.
“When asked to react to all the negative things being said about him, the President just laughed, describing such negative reports as lies. Governor Okorocha said President Buhari was completely unperturbed by the cocktail of lies. He, instead, sent his best wishes to Nigerians.
“According to the governor, Nigerians don’t have to worry at all, adding that President Buhari will be back as soon as the doctors give him the green light.”
Okorocha further told Adesina that “By our visit to London today, the merchants of lies have been put out of business and Nigerians will not buy the garbage they have been selling.
“All those who look up to fake news can find better use for their time.”
President Buhari left Nigeria on 7 May for the second phase of his medical treatment in the U.K. Two weeks ago, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also visited him in London and reported back that President Buhari was recuperating well.