Governor of Nasarawa State, Umar Tanko Al-Makura has insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari is not confined to a wheelchair.
Al-Makura was part of the delegation led by APC National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun, to visit Buhari in London on Sunday.
Also on the visit were Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, Governors Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) and Yahaya Bello (Kogi).
Al-Makura said the President was “agile, mentally alert” and brainstormed on state matters for about an hour with the delegation.
“The President is fit enough to return any time.
“We did not only visit the President, we walked, we sat down with him and we fraternised the way we used to do. He was not confined to any chair or any place.
“The President was really looking himself and very healthy. He was very alert, very concerned about the country and he was abreast of the latest issues in Nigeria. He has information on everything going on in the country.
“He maintained his agility, his strength, his wit and the alertness of his mind. As far as I am concerned, the President can come back any time from now. He is fit to return home,” the Governor, who spoke with The Nation, said.
Al-Makura added: “For about an hour, we brainstormed on a number of issues, especially about national interest and the unity of this country. We spoke generally on how to handle issues or policies that will enhance the quality of life in this country.
“The President also tried to find out how each state was doing from the governors on the trip. And he asked questions from party leaders and all members of the delegation.
“After a long session, we ended up on the dining table where we feasted with the President.”
On the allegation that the trip was a make-believe, Al-Makura said: “Anyone can embark on wishful thinking. I was a member of the delegation and I have told you the truth about the way we met and interacted with the President.
“The onus is on who alleges to prove otherwise. Whoever says we didn’t go is casting aspersions on our integrity. This is really unfortunate. We have no cause to lie to Nigerians. I just came in this morning and I have all my travel documents intact.
“I am surprised that anyone could say that we didn’t see the President. It makes me to appreciate the extent to which a person can go comical.”