Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has confirmed that he held a private meeting with the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari, in London on February 21, Saturday.
Contrary to speculations that the alleged meeting between Buhari and Tony Blair never held, Mr Blair's office has confirmed to Premium Times that he actually met with Buhari.
In an email sent to Premium Times, an official in Blair's office, Mr Rianne Buter confirmed that: “Mr. Blair had a private meeting with General Muhammadu Buhari in London,”
Ms. Buter also noted that Mr. Blair “hopes to visit Nigeria shortly when he will see the President”.
Buhari is also expected to give a talk at the foreign policy hub, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, in London.
The talk which is scheduled to hold on February 26, Thursday is titiled: “Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria’s Transition”.
Gen. Buhari’s talk would hold for an hour between 10 and 11a.m. and the event would be chaired by Richard Gozney, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria between 2004 and 2007, according to details of the event as posted on the website of Chatham House.
Following Buhari's visit to London, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state and supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claim that the APC presidential candidate is in the UK for medical treatment. The APC has however dismissed Fayos's claims as baseless and untrue.