13 September 2017
By Ugonnabo Ngwu
The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday told President Muhammadu Buhari that leaders of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, were worried and anxious while his medical vacation in London lasted.
Akufo-Addo, who made this statement while answering questions from State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa after visiting President Buhari, said he came to see for himself and was glad to know that “our big brother in Nigeria is well”.
Buhari returned to Nigeria on August 19 after spending 103 days in London attending to his health.
Ghana’s president arrived at the Aso Villa at about 3:11 p.m. and was received by President Buhari in company of his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and other State House officials. He was accorded the courtesy of the Nigerian Guard of Honour, before going into a closed door meeting with President Buhari, at the new Banquet Hall of the State House.
Fielding questions after the meeting, Akufo-Addo said he had opted to visit Buhari to see for himself his state of health and how he’s faring, pointing out that the 30 minutes he spent with him was not a dull moment as the president was “vigorous and engaging” in all issues they discussed.
He thanked his host for the warm welcome accorded him, adding that he was returning to Ghana to tell his people Nigeria is well.
Akufo-Addo, who also said he discussed issues affecting ECOWAS community with Buhari, added that he was returning to Ghana with excitement that following President Buhari’s wellbeing, it is well with Nigeria which he described as Ghana’s big brother.
His words, “I came from Accra today to visit my senior brother, President Buhari. All of us have been very anxious about his wellbeing and it was very good news that he had returned. As an African, I have to come and see for myself how he is. I am very delighted to see that he is back, very vigorous as always, very engaging on the issues of our day.
“We had a good half an hour together, reviewing matters both in Ghana and Nigeria as well as immediate matters about what is going on in the ECOWAS community. So, I am happy that I have this opportunity to come, and I am going back to Ghana very fortified to tell the Ghanaian nation that our big brother Nigeria is well and things are well.”
The Ghanaian president also said both of them reviewed issues affecting both countries, adding that “We reviewed issues of interest to both countries and those of the ECOWAS”.
Also speaking with journalists, the Special Adviser the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the meeting of the two leaders was significant would further strengthen bilateral relations between Nigeria and Ghana. The presidential spokesman said it was significant that the two notable countries in West Africa are maintaining such a cordial relationship.