SAN FRANCISCO, September 12, (THEWILL) – The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has disclosed that the illness of President Muhammadu Buhari created a volume of anxiety among leaders of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.
Akufo-Addo, who made this remark while answering questions from State House correspondents in the Presidential Villa after visiting Buhari, said he was very glad to see the president in a vigorous and lively state.
The visit comes more than three weeks after Buhari returned to Nigeria on August 19 from London where he spent 103 days attending to his health.
Ghana’s president arrived at the Aso Villa at about 3:11pm and was received by Buhari in company of his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and other government officials.
The visiting president was accorded the courtesy of the Nigerian Guard of Honour, before going into a closed door meeting with 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 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 a 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”.