Buhari returns to office …Meets Malami and Baru

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Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday returned to work after nearly two weeks of absence to end several speculations about his health and the controversy surrounding his capacity to lead the country.

On resumption, President Buhari held meetings with the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, SAN and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru.

The President who has not been seen in public for a long while was briefed by the NNPC GMD on the activities of the corporation and its subsidiaries especially the recent stability in the oil and gas sector.

After his meeting with the President, Malami, told State House Correspondents, that he was at the Villa to confer with the President and brief him on how far the investigation into the $50million found in an Ikoyi apartment, being claimed by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and that of the contract award by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) was going.

Speaking further, he said the final report of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo-headed committee probing the suspended, Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF), David Babachir Lawal, Director General of the NIA, Ayo Oke, would be submitted on Wednesday.

“I briefed Mr. President on the state of the NNPC and its subsidiaries and also nationally to get him briefed on the situation of fuel supply, crude oil productions, gas production and by extension, ability to supply gas to the power sector.

“We had an extensive briefing as you could see; I passed here over two hours. I spent quite some time with him to discuss these national issues. He was happy with the state of the corporation and told us to continue with the efforts that we are doing and if we need any executive attention we should not hesitate to come back to him,”Malami said,

His absence from work had elicited so many criticisms from the general public and some known politicians who advised the President to disclose his health status to Nigerians. The former National Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Chief Bisi Akande and renowned lawyer, Femi Falana, have called on the President to disclose his health status and proceed on medical trip to take care of his failing health.
While calling for a national prayer for the President, Chief Akande warned that his poor health was taking a toll on the affairs of the country.

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