President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly called Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state from London where he is on medical vacation.
He promised the governor that he would return to Nigeria soon to continue from where his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, would stop.
The Nigerian Tribune reports that Buhari told the governor that he was still observing his rest as advised by doctors, but that he was eager to return to the country.
A statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Kingsley Fanwo, said Buhari called Bello while the latter was in Lagos for an official engagement.
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The statement further described the president as expressing joy over the show of love by the people of the state in particular and Nigeria in general since he had embarked on the vacation.
“While in Lagos, President Muhammadu Buhari called Governor Yahaya Bello and interacted with him for a couple of minutes.
“Governor Bello was in the company of the speaker, Kogi state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Alfa Imam, a few other members of the House, commissioners and other top government functionaries when the president made the call.
“The President thanked the governor for his support and his leadership qualities. He told the Governor that he is observing rest and will return very soon to continue his assignment of providing purposeful leadership for the nation,” the statement said on Sunday, March 5 urging the people of the state to continue to pray for the president’s sound health and also support the efforts at making Kogi great again.
“We urge all Kogites to remain steadfast and believe in the policies of the new direction administration to rebound our state from decades of failure. Your governor will continue to make you proud.
“Kogites in Lagos expressed joy as their governor has brought Kogi to the mainstream of national scheme of socio-politics in the nation,” said the statement.