Buhari ‘calls’ Speaker Dogara

Speaker Yakubu Dogara

Speaker Yakubu Dogara said on Thursday that he had a telephone discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari, who he said called him Wednesday night.

@MBuhari called me yesterday evening. He talked about what the Executive/ Legislature must do to ensure food security for all Nigerians,” Mr. Dogara said.

Mr. Dogara’s spokesperson, Turaki Hassan, said in an emailed statement that the two leaders spoke on Wednesday at about 9 p.m.

The Speaker is the first public official outside of the State House to confirm hearing from Mr. Buhari, who has not been seen since departing the country nearly three weeks ago.

It followed several statements from top officials of the administration beginning with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Amid speculations over the president’s health, Mr. Osinbajo said on Tuesday that the president was “hale and hearty” and that he spoke to him by phone.

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

The position was reiterated on Wednesday by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.

“I can say without any hesitation that Mr. President is well, is hale and hearty. No question about that,” Mr. Osinbajo said.

Mr. Buhari departed Nigeria on January 19 on the grounds that he was embarking on a 10-day leave, but has not been seen since then.

The concerns of Nigerians were further compounded when Mr. Buhari wrote to the National Assembly seeking extension of his leave.

But Mr. Dogara said it was the president who was actually worried about the plight of Nigerians.

“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 said in a follow up tweet at 2:08 p.m.


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  • Mamman Bako

    Buhari can call and say whatever he likes and to anyone since he doesn’t want to speak to Nigerians directly, however, the real question that he should answer honestly is, if he is fit to remain President? His claim to be honest and transparent is tested by this question, as remarkably his level of performance does not fit the level of competence he claims.

    • J.Jaycee


      Muhamadu Buhari’s idle talk

      You are right. All this nonsense by enablers must stop. The fact signed by President Buhari himself
      in writing is that he (Buhari) is on indefinite sick leave. All this rubbish talk that he is hale and hearty
      is sheer nonsense spewed by palace guards like Yakubu Dogara. No one is interested in his errand.
      President Buhari’s care for Nigerians and his self-claimed ‘good intention’ is also the more irrelevant.
      The result of Buhari’s good intention is consecutive third quarter and worsening economic recession.

      • Foreign Bulletin

        With the Nigerian currency – Naira
        falling to an all-time low, companies folding, and the cost of living on the
        rise, there were protests against Buhari’s government across the country on
        February 6. There was no news from Buhari and his vice president could not be
        held wholly accountable. In his absence, the hawks will be hovering over
        Osinbajo, and the behind-the-scenes power play won’t result in any meaningful
        national development. Buhari must spare Nigeria the political heartbreak of
        governance by an absentee president”.

        ……..Fisayo Soyombo

        (February 9th, 2017)

      • straight-to-the-point


    • Maria

      Are you now saying he is alive? Remember he has died?

      • Sai Baba

        @disqus_jP0WOa3O7f:disqus : What difference does it make if BUHARI is still alive – given that in the past week
        that he was deemed as dead things have only got worse from the moment he was said to
        be alive and reaching his staff members and government officials by phone to discuss any
        number of issues, including as Vice President Osinbajo said, the complex 2017 budget.
        Sine Buhari was reported to have found his voice the Naira began to fall and worsen
        in exchange rate value, and hitting the bottom today at 510 to one dollar.

  • share Idea

    Just finish speaking with Buhari. He asked me About Nnamdi Kalu and how the last Monday protest against the hardship he created went. Nigeria we hail thee

  • Otile

    I can’t believe Muslims can lie like this. Yeah, he’s hale and hearty, he’s hail and hearty, he is in hell and hearty. Haba

    • aboki

      Otile time would tell

      • Otile

        Time is now.

  • Curious

    With Tinubu appearing in the photos released by Imam Olodo and his handlers, it is clear to me that Imam Olodo may be dead after all. Before now we were dealing with lies, scheming here and here, but with Tinubu comes a different dimension – FRAUD!

  • Pete

    The pictures of Buhari released today made all attempts to shield his left hand and left leg. And none showed him speaking. This confirms the open secret that Buhari is 100% paralyzed on the left side of his body from his head down to toes. This is why there will NEVER be a VIDEO clip by his spin Journalists no matter how hard you try. Even BBC who helped Yar’Adua out last time by airing his purported broadcast has refused to air what Buhari’s men presented as Buhari’s broadcast. The drama/nightmare/comedy (depending on how you view the situation) continues.

    • Bo Biz

      May Yaweh,the true Jehovah God afflict you with whatever you’re wishing Mohamadu Buhari,so shall it be.

    • aboki

      ORACLE assured you to live in this World till eternity

    • tunde008

      How can a paralyzed person be standing taking picture? He should be on wheel chair

  • FreeNigeria

    Hmmmmm, this one everybody is talking to Buhari, he must be calling from the afterlife. Nigerian politicians with their greed and selfishness will allow a dead contest, win and run an office to satisfy their greed. I weep for my country.

  • tunde008

    OK let all the newspapers gather in Aso rock and have telephone conversation with the president.No more no less.