Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari is hale and hearty and would return home as soon as he completes the necessary tests recommended by his doctors in the United Kingdom.
Prof. Osinbajo gave the assurance on Monday, when State House correspondents approached him for a chat shortly after his telephone conversation with the president.
In a press statement released by Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President, the Acting President also dismissed insinuations that he was under pressure to resign. The statement reads:
“STATEMENT FROM THE ACTING PRESIDENT
MY PHONE CHAT WITH THE PRESIDENT TODAY, BY ACTING PRESIDENT
*Discussion on budget, protests and other issues
Let me first say the President is hale and hearty. I spoke to him just this afternoon and we had a fairly long conversation, he is in good shape and very chatty.
He disclosed that the conversation was focused on the economy, the budget and goings on in the country.
The President was interested in knowing about the budget process and how far we had gone’, especially with efforts aimed at taking the country out of recession.
As you know we had a meeting today with the private sector on the economic recovery and growth plan and he was interested in knowing what was happening with that, with the economic recovery and growth plan and what we are doing with the private sector.
And of course I informed him of what we are seeing, the protest matches and some of what the feedback is, what people are saying about the economy and all of that.
On when the President would return to Nigeria and his present health status, Osinbajo said; just as he has said in his letter to the National Assembly, he needs to go through a cycle of tests and once the test results are seen, he will receive medical advice. We should expect him very soon.
On the health status of the President, the Acting President noted that at the appropriate time the President will be able to discuss it, especially as he is currently running tests.
According to Prof. Osinbajo, before you determine your health status, you must be able to run the necessary tests, and do what doctors have asked to be done, and await the outcome of that before one can talk about any kind of health status.
The Acting President also dismissed insinuations that he was under pressure to resign. I was voted for by the people of this nation, myself and Mr President, and the people of this nation have never asked us to resign.
So, I am absolutely under no pressure, and the truth is that there has been absolutely no pressure from any source.
Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President
Office of the Vice President
February 6, 2017.”
Meanwhile, Prof Osinbajo while speaking at the 14th National Biennial Conference of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria on Tuesday, urged Christian leaders to always preach the love of Jesus Christ rather than hate messages because ‘our greatest enemy is hate.’
Osinbajo noted that hate among various groups and people led to killing of innocent citizens and destruction of properties across the nation.
Speaking on the southern Kaduna killings, the Acting President stated that it was unfair for people to suggest that the Federal Government was silent on the crisis of Southern Kaduna because it supported the killings.
Osibanjo explained that the Federal Government’s approach was to allow Governor Nasir El-Rufai, as the Chief Security Officer of the state, to intervene just as he did in the Shiite clashes.
He stated that the failure of past administrations to stop religious and ethnic killings could be attributed to failure of the criminal justice system.