Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Friday said God has answered the prayers of Nigerians and healed President Muhammadu Buhari. He said the President’s date of return was irrelevant.
Emmanuel spoke to newsmen after a closed door meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja. Responding to questions on his latest visit to London to see the President, he said the President like all Nigerians is human .
“I’m not a medical doctor. Let me say something here, even when you have a biological father you love your father, you take interest in his well being. I mean as a father to the nation, in my personal
opinion, I don’t think that is the issue now. The issue is that we should thank God that God has answered our prayers, that is where I am coming from. And let me also say, some of us behave as if the president, the governors are superhuman, we are normal human beings, we also have challenges. So let us not think that because we are governors or president we are superhuman. No. We are not God we mere mortals like any of us here. So that should also make us play down on the way we look at certain issues.
Udom was among the delegation of seven governors that visited President Buhari in Londodn on Wednesday.
Other members of the delegation led by the governor of Zamfara State and Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Abdulaziz Yari, were Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Kashim Shettima (Borno) and Samuel Ortom (Benue).
The NGF delegation was the second to visit President Buhari after Sunday’s visit by some All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and governors led by National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun.
Udom also said contrary to remarks questioning the authenticity of the
pictures, they were genuine.
“Let me thank God for the life of the President and thank God for Nigerians too. And also appreciate Nigerians who have prayed sincerely and earnestly for Mr. President and I think God has actual answered the prayers of Nigerians. From what you could see from the photographs, you could see that God has actually answered our prayers, so some of us were quite excited to see Mr. President welcomed us, discussed with us and he was also happy to see us. So what you are seeing both on TV and newspapers are genuine and correct. God has actually healed our President and we thank God for that” he said.
Asked to disclose what the governors discussed with President Buhari, he replied, “I don’t think when you hold meeting even with your wife and children you will come and make that public. The President is father of the nation and we represent the sub unit of this nation and so is not everything that we discussed that we should just come and say. It was a closed door meeting but be rest assured whatever the President will discuss with the governors will be in the best interest of all the citizens of this country.”