The Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina has announced on his official Facebook page that President Buhari made a call from London to former Ekiti state governor, Niyi Adebayo.
The former governor had recently lost his father, the former governor of the defunct Western Region, Major-General Adeyinka Adebayo.
Below is the message as posted by Adesina:
“President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday described the late former governor of the defunct Western Region, Major-General Adeyinka Adebayo, as a true patriot.
“In a telephone call from London to the son of the late general and former governor of Ekiti State, Niyi Adebayo, the President lamented that Nigeria will surely miss the uncommon patriotism and nationalism which General Adebayo typified.
“The President also commiserated with the people of Ekiti State and the entire Yoruba race, noting that the late octogenarian while standing firmly for the unity of the country, also fought for the interest of his people as the President of the Yoruba Council of Elders.
“President Buhari prayed that Almighty God will console the Adebayo family and grant the soul of the departed elder statesman eternal rest.
“Mr Niyi Adebayo, while thanking President Buhari for the call and commiserations, also wished the President good health.”
Only 3 days ago, President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly called Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state from London where he is on medical vacation.
He promised the governor that he would return to Nigeria soon to continue from where his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, would stop.
Buhari reportedly told the governor that he was still observing his rest as advised by doctors, but that he was eager to return to the country.
A statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Kingsley Fanwo, said Buhari called Bello while the latter was in Lagos for an official engagement.
Watch a video of Nigerians speaking on Buhari’s absence here: