“No cause for alarm”, Saraki says after meeting Buhari in London

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives meet President Muhammadu Buhari in London
Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives meet President Muhammadu Buhari in London

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has assured Nigerians that his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday was successful and the president was in good health.

Mr. Saraki was head of a three-man delegation – including Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan – that travelled to London to meet with the president.

In a statement circulated late on Wednesday by his spokesperson, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Mr. Saraki said, “Myself, Rt Honorable Speaker Yakubu Dogara and leader of Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan paid a visit to President Buhari in Abuja House in London. We were delighted to see that President Buhari is doing well, was cheerful and in good spirits.”

The senate president also gave an indication that Mr. Buhari would soon return to Nigeria.

“The president’s absence and imminent return shows that there is no vacuum in government and our system of democracy is working with all organs of government fulfilling their mandate.

“And let me use the time tested cliché, there is no cause for alarm! The president I saw today is healthy, witty and himself,” Mr. Saraki said.

President Muhammadu Buhari receives Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives and Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan in London
President Muhammadu Buhari receives Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives and Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan in London

There have been speculations about the president’s health since his 10-day vacation which he commenced on January 19. The speculations worsened after the president wrote the Senate to extend the vacation indefinitely for health reasons. The presidency has, however, repeatedly said Mr. Buhari is hale and hearty.

Since Mr. Buhari’s absence, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been acting as president in line with constitutional provisions.


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  • Mizch

    London hospital for Nigerian political class is a real cause for alarm. In recession you all troup to London at over N600.00 to a £. That is a cause for alarm.

    • Bright Henry

      And who told u he is in a hospital. He is in the Nigeria high commission building in London and no where else. The leadership of the m
      NASS went to London in one of the Presidential fleets and hence spent next to nothing.

      • The facts

        Do you know how much it costs to fly a plane for 6 hours?

    • muazu wali

      What do you expect them to do since PDP has ruined the country including its medical services? Secondly the third and fourth officers in the federation cannot sit idly by when their boss is ill. Thirdly they have to be sure that he is sufficiently well to continue as President otherwise they can begin the process of declaring him unfit to continue on medical grounds.

      • The facts

        Have you forgotten that Saraki and Dogara were in PDP? So because the president is ill they have to go to London to check? Who’s funding the trip? How would they know whether the president is fit? Were they shown his medical records? Did they speak to the medical team?

        • muazu wali

          Things do not work like that. No matter where they came from they are now on the platform of APC.
          Of course the three of them cannot certify whether Buhari is fit or not. They can report to the Senate and a decision will be taken where experts will link up with London for further assessment. There is procedure for everything.

          • The facts

            So because they are now in APC they should be forgiven “for ruining the country including medical services” according to you. Saraki has already said that the president is fine so what do you think he’s going to report to the Senate. No expert has the right to link London because the president medical record can never be revealed to anyone except the president.

  • Kevin Peter

    Thank God for this confirmation

  • Gouken

    Although I wish the President good health I vowed never to trust a word Saraki has to say again.

    Until Buhari decides to talk to his people I’m afraid I don’t think he’s fit to be President.

    I think the rigors of the highest office; a punishing enough schedule for a young man let alone an elderly man are just too much for Buhari. You don’t have to be Doctor to tell an old man he needs lots of rest.

    • kinsly

      Oya na, continue waiting, If you like don’t go get a serious job for your daily bread. The era of looting and sharing of free money is gone.

  • emmanuel

    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?

    • OLEBURUKU Dmeji Bankole

      I agree with you. There is one thief we often forget these days and I wonder why EFCC has never looked his way. Dimeji Bankole! WHere is he?

      • The facts

        He was discharged and acquitted but because of your biased mind you won’t know about it.

    • muazu wali

      I am glad that the focus on corruption and corrupt practices in our country has exposed the level of our decadence as a people in spite of the retinue of educated people evrywhere and in all fields. There is hope however. When illicit money is mopped up and the thieves disqualified to hold public office for life everyone will begin to earn his living like the majority of other Nigerians.

  • Angry Nigerian

    …hahahahaha! See how they have tried so hard to MANIPULATE the photo and show to Nigerians that Buhari’s left hand is alive and working. WHY is it that it is only the left hand in “all the whole” pictures they shown so far that has a shadow or blurred lines around it? Why? Is this not to deceive Nigerians so that we don’t notice the flabby, dangling fingers associated with paralysis of the limbs? Haba! Yar Adua part II.

    First they said it was not medical leave but simple ‘rest’. Later they said just 2 weeks. Later they said INDEFINITE leave. And then people speaking and relaying back to Nigerians that they heard the voice of the evil spirit…and then back to Photos with some more demons appearing to Nigerians. These apparitions of the corrupt can never evoke faith in anyone however gullible. Crooks! All of you should just die and leave the surface of the earth so that poor Nigerians can have peace and possess their land.

    • muazu wali

      Thank God the man is alive and not dead. I was waiting for a corpse as many Nigerians predicted, but to my disappointment the President is not dead yet.

    • Joseph

      I sympathize with you and all Nigerians for our current economic destitution and I pray that we get out of these precarious situation soon. No doubt that our current economic woes have been occasioned by many years of wanton plundering of our national wealth by our political class. However, it is inhuman to wish any one dead when he is sick. It is God that gives life and we should let him be the one to take it when he wishes

      • ANGRIER NIGERIAN

        Sharaaaaap my friend. Sharap! Shut up your mouth. How can u say he should not wish Buhari dead? Buhari has actually directly wished all Nigerians (including you) dead by not equipping the hospitals in Nigeria thereby leaving you and I to die in poorly equipped Nigerian hospitals while he goes to a good hospital in London. Is that the kind of a man you would wish lives? If you were sick or your Mama or Papa was sick today, tell me where would they go? London? To be frank with you, I wish Mohammed Buhari speedy death asap.

        • Joseph

          You see. Just a little sincere and candid opinion I expressed and you are bursting like a viper!. I think this forum should be moderated. Opinions should be expressed with refined language not with the gutter language you have used

        • Al

          You will continue to suffer a serious set back alone, God the almighty will leave you alive to see nigeria greater under buhari and even beyond him after 2023

  • Rommel

    First they celebrated thinking the man was dead and here he is looking alive and well,next they said he never spoke with Trump and we now know he did,what will they hope for next time since they are already suffering TKO? countries in recession increase productivity to increase forex inflow but in the case of Nigeria,people only believe in importation of finished goods financed with with increasingly scarce oil revenue while the population is bloating,this laziness was compounded by president Jonathan who squandered the greatest opportunity in history of Nigeria on frivolities and criminals,it is his disciples that are refusing today to face reality created by their human waste of a principal,what a people

    • systematic

      u really show that ur schooling is not a west. because is only people that have sense are talking like this, very good comment

    • kinsly

      I hail you bro. I always like your comments but don’t be deterred by the wailers cum haters, there days are long gone. Nigeria must continue to march forward.

      • Ogom

        Nigeria will continue to march forward WITHOUT Buhari

        • tundemash

          So why are u getting worried and having sleepless nights because he’s not around???

          • Ogom

            No sleepless nights. I leave that to old men with cancer, clinging to power instead of settling down to succession planning

          • Al

            Thanks for nonsensical concern, let me remind people like you (nuisance) there constitution provisions in place incase

          • Ogom

            I’m not concerned for Buhari.. F him.

            My concern is for my country.

          • tundemash

            This is the 3rd time in 2 years President Buhari transmitted power to his deputy and yet you are wailing endlessly about him clinging to power. Guess what ? You have two more years of wailing, at the least , to do. Kontinuu ……..

          • Ogom

            6 months max.
            Water has finally passed garri for this old man

          • tundemash

            You wailers said more than that before the election. You are clearly sick and no hope you would last till 74!

          • Ogom

            It may surprise you, but I am not and have never been a “Wailer”. I supported Buhari then, but have been given much cause over 2 years to regret my decision.

            It turns out the “Wailers” were right. Plain and simple. They said:

            1) Buhari was a jihadi with a Northern agenda.. He is and he does.
            2) he is authoritarian. He is.
            3) he cares nothing for the rule of law. He doesn’t.
            4) he was poorly educated or exposed and therefore didn’t have what it takes to run Africa’s largest economy. He doesn’t.
            5) He was an “analogue” man, stuck in 1985. He is.

            And on and on. The man should die off and let Nigeria catch up in this “digital” era abeg!

          • tundemash

            Please delete your vote Mr. Wailer, it makes no difference. Once again, you have no hope your sickness would allow you to last till 74yrs.

          • Ogom

            Fear has paralysed your ability to think, assess a situation and draw reasonable conclusions. You must think I’m suffering from the same backward, fearful mentality.

            MY life expectancy has nothing to do with why Buhari is on “indefinite medical leave” in London, except in your small, superstitious mind.

            Please, free yourself.

          • tundemash

            Mor0n, he’s on indefinite medical leave, what can you do about it aside ranting ? Are your allowances not being paid at your amnesty camp ?

          • Ogom

            Ok, don’t free yourself.
            We’ll talk again in a few months.

          • tundemash

            Mor0n, you are the one in perpetual wailing mode and needs to be freed. Go and find work, amnesty grants would soon be stopped.

          • Ogom

            Your god is a small, ineffective, vindictive little man.. brought low by disease and cowering in a London hospital.

            It must be tough to digest. I pity you.

          • Dap Sijuwade

            Mr MASH< Can u not debate without personal insult?

          • tundemash

            One-eyed cl0wn, I won’t allow u that 5 mins of fame you are desperate to get b jumping into teh middle of a discussion.

          • Dap Sijuwade

            I salute how u are able to ride above the personal abuse. well done.

          • Dap Sijuwade

            We say gutter talk stinks.

    • Julius

      Thanks for making sense !

  • Sanmi Falae

    There is a serious cause for alarm if Saraki visits you.

    • Julius

      lol, lets hope not !

  • Ogom

    “No cause for alarm” for Saraki.
    He has seen for himself that Buhari is on his way out and Saraki is now one step closer to the Presidency.

    If Buhari’s return were “imminent”, why go all the way to London? Why not just wait to meet in Abuja?

    The Turkish president addressed his people with Facebook Live in the middle of a coup, to dispel rumours and reassure the Turkish people he was still in control.

    I’m certain Buhari doesn’t have the strength to sit in fron of a Skype screen for 5 minutes. They are fooling themselves.

    • tundemash

      And when he returns, what would you do ? Commit suicide ? Buhari doesn;t have the strength to sit front of a Skype screen but he has the strength to stand for a handshake? You are just cl0wning. Buhari is on medical leave and has a right to choose how he spends his time while on leave; Turkish President was in office ! Dunce, if you hyperventilate while he’s on leave, why should he bother himself ?

      • Ogom

        A 74 year old man visiting London 3 times in 8 months on “medical leave”.. now “indefinite medical leave”?

        Maybe you’re the dunce for believing this propaganda.

        • Al

          Mr imagination, you are wrong

          • Ogom

            So, what do you think he’s doing in London?

            Doesn’t he have a country to run?

        • Julius

          So, what are you saying ?

          • Ogom

            I’m saying the man is dying, but the cabal is propping him up.. making him miss medical appointments so they can maintain a front and their POWER.

            They are the ones killing Buhari. They and his own stubbornness.

          • Julius

            You know the man is dying ?wow, are you God ?. Maybe you are sick and dying yourself. Stop saying shit that you have no ideal about.

          • Ogom

            You asked what I was saying. Well, that’s what I’m saying.

            It’ll still be here on disqus in a few months when everything hidden by our lying politicians (and believed by our gullible masses) comes to light.

            I am not claiming to be a prophet, but a little education and some common sense will tell you there is a lot of unnecessary movement behind that ‘London curtain’. Sooner or later, that ‘curtain’ will have to come down.

            Come and insult me then.

          • Julius

            Common sense also tells me that you might die tomorrow or dead before Buhari !. Right ?

          • Dap Sijuwade

            Common sense is not common in Nigeria. Listen to reason, it helps.

          • Julius

            what reason ? Is it not true that anybody can die at anytime ?

        • tundemash

          Cl0wn, how much leave is he allowed by the constitution ? You ought to pray to leave to that old age. Compare and contrast President Buhari to seventy-year olds in your family. Olodo! Keep wailing .

  • Decimator

    “And let me use the time tested cliché, there is no cause for alarm! The president I saw today is healthy, witty and himself,” Mr. Saraki said.

    But now only doing modelling and operating call center for the Nigerian Enclave in London, just having a Taste of another profession so to say.

    He, who has ears, let him hear. It is over not only with Mohammadu Buhari, but the entirety of his fellow autocrats and upholders of the status quo.

    Brake up that Mammoth called the non-existing one Nigeria Unity now.

    Enough of the fool’s paradise of a non-existing Nation which has become a permanent threat to the lives and welfare of its own citizens.

    Period

    .

  • Julius

    Na lie, these pictures are fake. Buhari don die, he can’t talk that’s why he no call Nigerians and una go see soon. All hail biafraud !. wtf.

    • Dazmillion

      You have totally lost it, the demon of tribalism has taken your soul beyoned the horizon

      • Julius

        Oh, tell me why the 99% of those that are proclaiming and wishing the president dead are the Ibos ?

        • Dazmillion

          Where and how did you conduct this poll? How do you know the respondents of your poll are Ibos in a country of 250 tribes? Because one or two known useless Ibo internet trolls are wishing the man is dead shouldnt lead you to such conclusion. Majority of Ibos are invested in Nigeria, are spread all over the country and do not identify with MASSOB, IPOB or Nnamdi Kanu

          • Julius

            Conduct a poll ? So you are telling me that all of your posts, comments on here are based on poll. You are a funny dude, all you have to do is read the Ibos comments on this forum and in all other forums. You do not need polls .

          • Dazmillion

            How do you identify which comments are Ibo on Disqus? How do you know that the internet troll claiming to be Ibo is actually Ibo. For all I know you might be just a disgruntled Ibo man from Nnewi.

            You need to stop promoting the divisiveness of tribalism, it is not getting us anywhere in Nigeria.

            When the elite are stealing they dont remember tribe (Jonathan/Dasuki, Saraki/Ekweremadu, Obasanjo/Andy Uba). It is when they are be prosecuted in court for corruption that they start claiming marginalization/persecution of Yoruba, Ibo, Hausa

          • Julius

            Sir, all you need to do is read comments in this forum and others and you will know who is who..Plain and simple. Don’t let Otile and his crew read you saying I may be from Nnewi…he religiously believe I’m an Hausa/Fulani man from everywhere in the North and that I’m an Imam..lolz. Let me shock you by saying that I’m with you about our so called elites. They are our problem and they comes from all the corners of the country, poor folks do not steal billions.

  • Okokondem

    @tundemesh,

    Nigerians we are good at pandering…we do so for reasons of tribe, political affiliation or religion. But you, I can’t seem to figure out what your motivation is for sticking your head right up there in Buhari’s keister.