President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will return to Nigeria very soon after he has observed his rest so as to continue ‘providing purposeful leadership for the nation’.
This is according to Kingsley Fanwo, spokesman of Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, who said that Buhari told Bello this in a telephone conversation on Sunday.
Fanwo said Buhari’s call came in while Bello was returning from Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, where he had attended the 80th birthday anniversary of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
“He (President Muhammadu Buhari) told the governor that he is observing rest and will return very soon to Nigeria to continue his assignment of providing purposeful leadership for the nation,” Fanwo said in a statement.
“The conversation took place in the presence of the speaker, Kogi state house of assembly, Ahmed Imam, and a few other members of the house, commissioners and other top government functionaries, who accompanied Governor Bello to Abeokuta.”
Fanwo said Buhari thanked the governor for his support and his leadership qualities.
Buhari also spoke with Obasanjo on the telephone to congratulate him on his 80th birthday.
Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, revealed this in a statement, saying Buhari described the elder statesman as “a true citizen of the world.”
Recalling their days in the military, Buhari said, “Those of us who served under you in various capacities recall a man with boundless energy, with razor – sharp mind, and one who does not suffer fools gladly. Working with you was a school in itself, and the lessons learnt are worth their weight in gold.”
Obasanjo wished Buhari good health, saying he “stands together with him in prayers, so that he can return soon to continue the good work he is doing for the country.”
Since he left the country for the UK on January 19, Buhari has spoken with many leaders on telephone, while the presidency made details of the conversations public.