UPDATE: Saraki, Dogara, two others travel to London to meet Buhari

FILE PHOTO: President Muhammadu Buhari with Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara
FILE PHOTO: President Muhammadu Buhari with Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara

Senate President Bukola Saraki is leading a four-member delegation of National Assembly members to see President Muhammadu Buhari in London.

Speaker Yakubu Dogara, his deputy, Yusuf Lasun, and Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, will meet the president who travelled to the UK for a 10-day vacation on January 19, but later extended the trip indefinitely.

Wole Oladimeji, Mr. Lasun’s spokesperson, told PREMIUM TIMES the leaders are off to see Mr. Buhari.

Mr. Oladimeji, however, added that his principal will not be leaving until tomorrow due to an ongoing gathering of ECOWAS parliamentarians in Abuja.

“The Deputy Speaker is part of the delegation but he is going to meet them in London tomorrow,” Mr. Oladimeji told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone. “A meeting of ECOWAS parliament is going on now in Abuja and he had to be there.”

Although the motive of the trip has not been officially disclosed, there are strong indications that it has to do with Mr. Buhari’s health.

It came exactly a week after the president called Mr. Dogara and Mr. Saraki, and both confirmed the president was in good spirit.

“He said he was pained by the suffering endured by most Nigerians last year and he’s resolved not to let events of 2016 repeat themselves,” Mr. Dogara had said.

Mr. Buhari departed Nigeria on January 19 on a 10-day leave,.

He transmitted a letter to the National Assembly to extend his vacation on February 5, fuelling speculations that his health had deteriorated.

But top administration officials maintain the president’s health was sound.

“Let me first say the president is hale and hearty,” Acting President Yemi Osinbajo told reporters in the State House last week Tuesday. “I spoke to him just this afternoon and we had a fairly long conversation; he is in good shape and very chatty.”


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  • Justice and Fairness

    Well -done. You have the keys to our collective treasury. Go ahead keep wasting money which could have been used to purchase drugs to save dying souls in our God-forsaken clinics on frivolous “eye service ” meaningless trips. Go ahead, history is recording

  • Okokondem

    A country run like a country club. These people continue to treat themselves lavishly like drunken sailors in spite of the hardship they brought to this country. Nigerians and their ‘Sidon-de-look’ approach while the country gets screwed is part of the problem.

    So, who is left at home to figure a way out of the recession if the president, the house speaker and the Senate president are all in London at the same time. Just imagine, what if these had succeeded in borrowing $30 billion.

    Growing up in decades ago, with so much potentials and overwhelming expectations for our country both by Nigerians and fellow African countries, I couldn’t have imagined our country as a ‘banana republic in the 21st century. What a waste!

    • BURNING SPEAR

      Thank u my brother—u have said it all——————it is very sad indeed—that the Fulani can take Nigeria down to this rotten level with the aid of the Yorubas————-and their surrogates from the south east begging their way via the gates of hell in efcc————————-what a shame————————separation is the only way out————————we can not all come back tomorrow and act as if nothing happened—————pls something happened in 2015 the year Nigeria died dead———————————————via the hands of the Fulanis——————–ati their Yoruba errand boys———-Yes siring their way via the home of the defacto president——————-of Nigeria in Sokoto state————————-Yes look at them with their dirty vision less politics of the babarigas and blood stained————————–agbadas———-All depending on the SS————for survival——-animals—

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Nigeria is a bad joke!!!

  • Nate D Satan

    After the visit, they must brief us about the incapacitated president’s state of health. We want to see current photos, with hospital equipment in the background to convince us the president is still alive. Also take a photo in front of the hospital. Somebody is lying again.

    • suleiman

      That won’t happen because we have the most dishonest political leaders in the whole of the planet! This is why no body respects Nigerians who travel outside the shores of this country. It is really shameful that Nigerians cannot know the state of health of their president. If he is incapacitated, then swear in the VP as president. Oh no, I forgot that Yar’adua’s death was announced six moths after his demise. The corpse keep signing checks and running the country for six months and the big thieves stole as much as they could.

      • Nate D Satan

        I am beginning to suspect that whatever ails the president has nothing to do with an ear infection. I have my suspicion here. I know what it is but I am not saying now.

    • Otile

      They are going to dust up old photos of Imam with spinets of a few lying politicians surrounding him hoping that the zombies will believe them and get excited. Why must the present deception last this long after what Turai and the cabal did to us? Nigeria should be saying to the Fulani ruling clique: if you fccl me once shame on you, but if you fccl me two times shame on me

  • BURNING SPEAR

    It is sad—very sad indeed-my brother———————–Yet the elites who imposed Bingo Buhari on us via the CIA-ati the people of the South West have all gone to bed——————–The save Nigeria Group-ati Occupy Nigeria—————–created by the political Obas of the South West—such as Soyinka—-Bakare—–Tinubu—–among others—-have all gone to bed——-They can no longer rear their dirty smelly ugly deceptive heads in public any longer—-Now that their arch enemy number one Jonathan is gone———————–Besides what are some of the lessons learnt from the FAILED Presidency of Bingo Buhari————–with his meek deceptive looks——??????’——-NOTHING——————As far as the gullible unthinking Nigerians are concerned life goes on as usual————–since the country now belongs to the Fulanis—-Yorubas—————-ati their errand boys from the south east now struggling for a place among the Apes in APC——-Separation is the only way out——Nigeria as a country is dying dead–already———–Killed by the Fulanis ati Yorubas———–Tribalism again abi?–Na lie–it is the truth–what a shame——————I cry for my country Nigeria ati Jonathan———————–whom God sent to save the country but the Yorubas said Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa————————————–to him———————————–Look at a country of 170m humans——who do not know the fate or the type of ailment troubling the soul of their so-called president from the Fulani emirate–in Chad—————————Yesterday we had a certain Fulani President—called Yara Adua——-so it was between him and Dambazua—-who smuggled him from Mecca———–into the country——Now we are saddled with yet another Fulani president again—-and like Yara—his whereabouts remains unknown_a complete mystery known to only the Fulani boko haram fighters in the Fulani controlled North————————-Let my people Go–so that they can serve the living God in d creeks of the Niger delta—

    • Rommel

      So who imposed GEJ on Nigeria?

  • Riseup Nigeria

    May God Almighty never allow Buhari to become another chibok girls episode, or the missing Islamic moon ? Is it not very painful that while nations that are very far ahead of nigeria in every developmental index, are very serious about governance and development of their respective nations, nigeria elected a very weak, ignorant, tired, illiterate, very sick, divisive president, whose only achievement in office for about two solid years is a celebration that he can still sleepwalk around from London to nigeria.
    Buhari presidency is a great let down to nigerian nation, a big set back and a regrettable serious error of judgment.
    Nigeria unwittingly have presented her seat of power that ought to be the power motivation for development, progress, unity and prosperity of nigeria to now become a hospital bed and old people rehabilitation center. What a calamity that have befallen our nation.
    It is unthinkable and heart breaking that a nation that can boast of more than a million outstanding, very bright, resourceful, brilliant, intelligent, power packed, dynamic young, great thinkers and leaders like Alico dangote , Peter obi, oby ezekwesiri, rewane Bismark , magnus kpapol, ademola Adesina of ADB, Fashola, Nuhu Ribadu, Charles soludo, Sanusi, Donald Duke, Godswill Akpabio, Pat utomi, even nigerians like ashomolowo, pastor oyedepo etc etc. Who have the dreams, vision, deep knowledge, education, training, exposure and experience to turn desert into arable land and poverty into riches etc, and we as a nation is running round a sleepwalking, old, sick, grandpa who is supposed to be in retirement. How can any responsible business manager, employ an 80years old reclusive sick illiterate,without exposure to modern business tools, to manage a trillion naira business.
    This is exactly what nigeria is presently doing with a Buhari presidency.
    This is exactly why our nation is badly sick and terribly down.
    This is exactly why the managers of this government must resort to lies and childish, infantile falsehoods, to keep manipulating nigerians, while they keep flogging the dead horse to compete in a race with a cheetah.
    May God deliver nigeria and preserve this nation till 2019, when nigerians shall use their voters card to end this nightmare, and send grandpa to his deserved compulsory retirement, in the old people’s home, where his presence is of great importance.

    • Riseup Nigeria

      Oh God have mercy

  • Rommel

    To see him and then use the opportunity to launder some money

  • emmanuel

    Just imagine the people in charge of Nigeria? Thieves. Crooks. Devoid of Vision. Impotent. Clueless. Certificateless. Brain dead. Paralyzed. The list of adjectives continues.

    About 2 months ago in London, Paul (a BBC journalist with focus on Africa) asked Saraki how much he is worth, the crook said he does not know. Nigerians heard him and yet when he flew into the country people were waiting to carry his bags and prostrate. Undesirable elements and filthy fellows should have no business running the lives of others in a gworbmint. As long as this remains so in Nigeria, recession will remain 4ever and retrogression in perpetuity. Compare 2015 to 2017. See how the dumb have turned Nigeria around? Only RESTRUCTURING will save Nigeria or outright breakup.

    • Rommel

      So how come you have allowed such people to govern you,what does that make you?

  • e.k.c 2017

    @disqus_MSz5KF4VNF:disqus

    Since London is now Buhari’s seat of government I want to beg the intellectual journalists
    in Premium Times. They should tell us the date Emir of Kano will go and visit President Buhari.
    We will also like to know when General Olusegun Obasanjo will go to London to see Buhari too.
    In short, we just need only a sample of the hypocrites that will be going to London from tomorrow.
    We don’t need the list of all of them, since it will be more than 300,000, including accused criminals.

  • Okokondem

    Is the irony lost on anyone, like the recently deposed tyrant in the Gambia, these men with blood on their hands who have robbed their country blind in their quest to acquire more material would masquerade in white robes. The symbolism cannot be anymore contradictory.

  • Jimi

    Whatever their intentions will become evil when Nigerians know the cost of this trip.

  • Historees

    @riseupnigeria:disqus

    Who is Nigeria’s worst president since October 1st, 1960?

    Muhamadu Buhari is the worst president Nigeria has ever had. He has ruined
    Nigeria with ignorance in under six [6] months. He is far worse than Prime Minister
    Tafawa Balewa who was almost total dunce without any competency demonstrated
    at all via any development policy enacted throughout his life. Muhamadu Buhari beat
    Tafawa Balewa to the top spot of that worst head of government before he (Buhari)
    went to London as hale and hearty; and, on indefinite sick leave, nonetheless..

  • Angry Nigerian

    Is Nigeria really a country? How can this absurdity be tolerated? How can we allow these undesirable elements run our lives? With the men above ever be able to run a Canteen and make profit? But they run a country of docile people. Lagbaja called 200 million Mumus…many with advanced degrees in lies, deception and corruption. All the so called Woman Rights Lawyers like Femi Falana, Mike Ozekhome and even Festus Keyamo, Olisa Agbakoba who used to make noise decades ago have stopped talking. They have all relocated to Abuja where they now jostle for the ever lucrative jobs of defense counsel representing any thief (Nigerian politician) who has a case with EFCC or has stolen money somewhere…and they collect millions of Naira as “professional” fees. E.g., Mike Ozekhome as defense counsel to Ayo Fayose received almost 20m in fees alone. This does not include the cases he handles for Fayose’s friends. It is same with cases for Saraki, Yakubu of NNPC & Co…and the list goes on. So what do we the masses do? Maybe we should increase kidnapping of every and anything relating to these band of thieves and the lawyers who defend them because they encourage them to steal by defending them in court. What do you think?

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