Pictures of President Buhari are genuine- Akwa Ibom Governor

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

One of the seven Nigerian governors who visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London on Wednesday, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, South South Nigeria, says photographs published about their meeting with the president are genuine.

Governor Emmanuel stated this on Friday while speaking with State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“What you are seeing both on TV and what you are seeing in newspapers are genuine; they are correct,” Governor Emmanuel said, adding that “…God has actually answered the prayer of Nigerians.”

While thanking God the recovery of President Buhari, the governor expressed appreciation to “Nigerians who have prayed sincerely, honestly and earnestly for our president.”

Governor Emmanuel said the governors were delighted to see President Buhari and the extent of his recovery.

He said: “some of us were quite excited to see the president welcome us, discuss with us and was also happy himself to see us.” 

The Governor did not disclose what the delegation discussed with president Buhari during the visit but said whatever discussion they had was in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.

He said: “I don’t think when you hold the EXCO, even the one you hold in your house between your wife and your children you’ll come and make that public.  The president is the father of the nation.  We represent the sub unit of this nation.  So, it is not everything we discussed that we should just come and make public.  It was actually a closed-door meeting, but be rest assured that whatsoever the president would discuss with the governors would be in the best interest of all the citizens of this country.”

Answering a question on when President Buhari will return to Nigeria, Governor Emmanuel said the president’s doctors would decide that.

He said: “Honestly, I’m not a medical doctor.  But let me say something here.  Even when you have a biological father, if you love your father, you take interest in his well-being.   As a father to the nation, I personally don’t think that is the issue now.  The issue is that we should thank God.  God has answered our prayers. That is the way where I come from.”

The Akwa Ibom governor said that President Buhari is a human being who has challenges as others and should be seen that way.

He said: “Some of us do as if the president, the governor, we are super human. We are normal human beings like other persons.  We also have challenges. As a governor, I have challenges as a normal being.  So, let us not think simply because we are governors, we are presidents, we are super human.  No.  We are not God; we are mere mortals like any of us here.  So, that should also make play down on the way we look at certain issues.”