Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, yesterday, confirmed to Vanguard that he met with All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) after which he would arrange to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan.
Buhari’s meeting with former PM Blair and his proposed speech at Chatham House on Thursday should silence his critics who are claiming that his visit to the UK was for medical reasons.
Blair, however, did not disclose the time of his proposed meeting with President Jonathan, just as he refused to be drawn into the nature of his discussions with the APC presidential candidate last Saturday.
Rianne Buter, Senior Media Manager at Blair’s office in London had in response to Vanguard’s enquiries on the meeting between the former prime minister and Buhari said: “Mr. Blair had a private meeting with General Muhammadu Buhari in London,” adding “Mr. Blair hopes to visit Nigeria shortly when he will see the President.”
Buter further noted in an e-mail response to Vanguard on behalf of Blair, that “the meeting between Mr Blair and General Buhari was a private meeting and therefore we cannot disclose what was discussed. The photograph (above) was taken during that meeting”.