The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) may send some governors to the United Kingdom to visit President Muhammadu Buhari, except he returns home between now and next week.
According to The Punch, the plan to send a delegation to the president was part of the discussion at the last governors’ meeting in Abuja, which ended in the early hours of Thursday, February 16.
A source at the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the governors also decided to send a goodwill message to the president’s family in Nigeria, hinting that the president might return home very soon based on the information available to the governors.
He explained that representatives of the NGF would have embarked on the UK trip immediately but for the information pointing towards the president may return anytime from now.
A governor, who was at the meeting, who also spoke with one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity, said said the governors supported the idea after they were informed about the visit of the leadership of the National Assembly to the president during the week.
A few weeks ago, President Buhari had written to the Senate to inform the legislators that he would proceed on medical vacation for 10 days and that vice-President Yemi Osinbajo would act on his behalf as president during his absence.
However the president again wrote a letter to the National Assembly a day before he was to resume, informing the lawmakers that he needed to extend his leave in order to complete and get the results of some tests recommended by his doctors.
Since the president’s departure, some chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have been paying visits to him at the Abuja House in London, UK.
However, some Peoples Democratic Party federal lawmakers have questioned the exclusion of opposition members in the National Assembly delegation that recently paid Buhari a visit in London.
The opposition lawmakers expressed disappointment with the exclusion of PDP members in the delegation even as one of the party’s members Ike Ekweremadu is the Deputy Senate President.
Meanwhile, the youth wing of the PDP has recommended that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti states should visit President Buhari in London.
The group which is also called the PDP Youth Frontier said visiting the president was not the exclusive right of the APC members only.
They made this known on their twitter handle saying: “Buhari health is not the APC internal affairs alone therefore PDP youths recommending that Fayose and Wike should also visit him in London.”