President Mohammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon (retd) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Emerging from the President’s office, Gowon said he had come to welcome the President back to the country and thank him for calling to condole with him over his sister’s death.
According to him, Buhari’s call to him from London while on medical vacation put paid to rumours and rose the hope of Nigerians who were concerned about his health.
President Buhari had on March 6th called to commiserate with Gowon, over the passing away of his younger sister, Kande Martha Audu.
“Let me tell you the honest truth, my coming here today is to thank and welcome Mr. President back from his health issues and problems and to thank God for what He has done for him to have his health back, for him to be able to return back to work.
“The other thing also is to thank him very much indeed for ringing me from London when he was in London to commiserate with me on the death my sister. This was really very gracious of him, I should have rang to speak to him but of course since I know that he was in hospital I could not do that. But when he rang to condoled with me on my sister’s death I was very touched and that also help Nigerians to rejoice
especially those who were sending all those very unfortunate message about him and about whatever it is.
“So I think it was a good thing that was done and Nigerians knew he isstill well for him to be able to ring. This is really the purpose of what brought me here. And then also to encourage him to continue to do his work to the best of his ability dealing with all the problems. Day in day out you read in the press of all sorts of things happening, God will give him continued strength and energy to be to deal with the problems of the country for the good of Nigerians. I’m delighted to be here, to welcome him back and to see him in reasonable good health and able to do whatever he is able to do” he told journalists.