Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, had left Abuja yesterday morning in the company of the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, and arrived London in the afternoon.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu was obviously left out of the trip, maybe because he is a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A statement issued by the senate president last night said:
“Myself, Rt. Honorable Yakubu Dogara and Leader of Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan paid a visit to President Buhari in Abuja House in London.
We were delighted to see that President Buhari is doing well, was cheerful and in good spirits.
The president I saw today is healthy, witty and himself. The president’s absence and imminent return shows that there is no vacuum in government and our system of democracy is working with all organs of government fulfilling their mandate.
And let me use the time tested cliché, there is no cause for alarm!”
Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yusuf Lasun and Majority Leader in the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, who were supposed to have been on the trip, could not make it.
THISDAY reports that the visit was at the instance of Buhari who was said to have called Saraki and asked him to come over to London.
Although the reason for the invitation was shrouded in secrecy, it was gathered that the trip was necessitated by fact that the National Assembly will be resuming from its recess next Tuesday, during which opposition lawmakers might demand to know the true status of the health of the president.