The Presidency on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari recently allowed politicians to visit him in London due to change in circumstances.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina; and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, disclosed this to State House correspondents at a press conference at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
They said this was the proper time for him to receive delegations rather than when he was indisposed.
When asked to give specific details on the mission of state governors who will be visiting Buhari on Wednesday.
Shehu said, “The visit is a goodwill visit and there is nothing more than that.
“I believe Nigerians in various positions have yearned to go and meet the President and at some point, this obviously has not been permitted.
“But given the change in circumstances, you can see that it is coming from London itself and the President is welcoming it.
“It is a goodwill visit. As a cultural people, we visit people leaving hospital and I am sure the President himself will be delighted to see people coming from the six geopolitical zones to convey the goodwill of Nigerians.”
When also why the President preferred such visits to broadcasting a message to Nigerians, Adesina said that was Buhari’s choice.
“It is a question of what he (the President) prefers and this is what he prefers for now. He would rather receive that delegation and that is what is happening. If the President opts for address, he will do it,” he said.
Shehu further said, “You will notice that those that went at the weekend are members of the All Progressives Congress.
“So, those who are going now are on a broader platform, which is the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. As to who is sponsoring, I don’t have any information on that,”.