Osinbajo: I had good conversation with Buhari

Osinbajo

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, said he would not go into specific details of what he discussed with ailing President Muhammadu Buhari in London, United Kingdom on Tuesday.

He, however, said he had “good conversation on wide-ranging issues” with the President for over an hour.

Osinbajo spoke with State House correspondents shortly before the commencement of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He assured Nigerians that Buhari who has spent over two months in the British capital was in high spirit when they met and would soon return to the country.

When asked specifically if the President who has been away for over 60 days would return to the country before 90 days, Osinbajo said it would be wrong to apply deadline.

Although he said the two ministers-designate would soon be inaugurated, the Acting President said he had no date in mind.

The following conversation ensued between him and the reporters:

You just got back from seeing Mr. President, what did you discuss with him?

Well, first as you know, I went to see him. I went to check up on him and find out how he was doing. I had of course been speaking with him on the phone and I thought it will be a good thing to go and see him and you know generally check up on how he was doing and also to brief him on developments back at home. So we had a very good time, we had a very good conversation on wide-ranging issues and he is in very good spirit. He is recuperating very quickly and he is doing very well.

What is the state of health of Mr. President?

Well, as I have said, he is in very high spirit. He is recuperating very well and we had very long conversation. We spoke for well over an hour and his humour is all there. He is doing well and he is recuperating fast.

When is he due back?

I think very very shortly. Very shortly. I think we should really expect him back very shortly. Like I said, he is recuperating very fast and he is doing very very well.

Was the report of the suspended SGF and NIA DG part of your conversation?

We discussed wide-ranging issues. I really can’t go into specifics of all of the discussions we had.

Was the inauguration of the two ministers part of the discussion?

No. We didn’t discuss inauguration or anything like that. We didn’t.

When will the ministers-designate be inaugurated?

Well, I’m not in a position to say anything. I don’t have a date in mind but I’m sure very very soon, we will do that.

Are we expecting Mr. President before 90 days?

No no. Deadlines aren’t a very good thing but as I said, he is recuperating fast. We are expecting him very shortly. Much sooner than you will expect. 

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