The Nigerian Presidency has come out to clear the air on why President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday visited the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu.
The Presidency said it was a “goodwill visit” and not related to the 2023 politics or some permutations of Tinubu succeeding Buhari in office.
Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, stated these, insisting that his principal did not visit the APC National Leader to discuss the 2023 elections.
According to Adesina, it is too early for Buhari to support any aspirant.
He started this during an interview with Channels Television on Friday.
Adesina said, “We don’t believe what we read on social media. We have read a lot about Tinubu’s health. The president’s visit was a goodwill visit. The president still has two years less three months left. So, for him to start supporting somebody now will be like jumping the gun. You know President Buhari will never do that.
“Before the 2019 election, people began to campaign for him, even before INEC blew the whistle for campaign to start. He was the one who came out to say, ‘No, don’t do it; don’t jump the gun.”
SaharaReporters had on Thursday reported that Buhari visited Tinubu in London, the United Kingdom, where the APC chief is currently relaxing after undergoing a second surgery in one month.
Tinubu was seen with a walking stick during Buhari’s visit, confirming SaharaReporters’ story that he underwent a second surgery in the United States.
SaharaReporters had on Monday reported that Tinubu underwent a knee surgery at the John Hopkins University Hospital in Maryland, US.
The APC chieftain, it had been learnt, left the US for the United Kingdom on crutches, a few days after the surgery.
On Thursday, Tinubu received Buhari leaning on a walking stick.
“You see he couldn’t hide that he had difficulty walking after undergoing his second surgery. He went to UK on crutches but took a walking stick to see Buhari,” a source had revealed.
SaharaReporters had also reported that sources close to Tinubu said he wanted the surgery in Paris, France but changed his plan over rumours of his death.
“Tinubu had his second surgery at John Hopkins University in Maryland recently. He was accompanied by a popular Nigerian doctor in Chicago. He had wanted the surgery in Paris but when rumour was rife about his death, he hurriedly left for Nigeria and went to John Hopkins,” one of the sources had said.
"He left the US for the UK on crutches," another source revealed.
SaharaReporters had on July 31 reported that Tinubu, who has had several medical trips this year alone, had a surgery about two weeks earlier and could be billed for another one.
The APC National Leader has been off official and party functions in the country for a while, amidst talks that he is being positioned for the 2023 presidency to succeed the incumbent repressive regime of Muhammadu Buhari.
“Tinubu is hospitalised in Maryland, US. His health is failing. He couldn’t participate in launching his Arewa library, and he couldn’t participate in the Local Government Area elections last week. He could not attend today’s APC congress due to health reasons.
“He had a surgery last week,” an authoritative source had disclosed.
In January 2021, Tinubu was also reported sick and hospitalised in Paris, France.
Tinubu had earlier complained of exhaustion and travelled out to rest before the news of his collapse went viral.
He was flown to Paris for medical attention in the first week of January.
SaharaReporters had on June 15 reported that Tinubu was also in Paris, battling some old age ailment.