While addressing questions on President Muhammadu Buhari’s work schedule since his return, the Presidency has disclosed that the President has an office close to his living room.
Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu disclosed this in an interview with Pyramid Radio in Kano State.
Shehu stressed that the president doesn’t follow official working hours because he is on duty all the time. He said the President has another office by his living room. So, he works from home when most civil servants have closed.
“His (the President’s) reply to the people for their support and trust is to work much harder for them. The president didn’t have a day off or even a light week at all throughout his week of resumption,” he said.
Shehu maintained that Buhari devoted the last week to policy issues and not ceremonial events as widely assumed, faulting all other contrary analysis saying they are mostly wrong,
Last week, reports revealed that the Presidency cut down heavily on President Muhammadu Buhari’s workload in order to allow him more time to rest.
According to Punch reports, President Buhari spent just between three and four hours in his office throughout his first week of resumption since returning to the country on Friday, March 10 after spending 49 days in London on a medical vacation,
More so during his first week of resumption, no appointment was scheduled for President Buhari outside his office, except for the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting, which he presided over on Wednesday, March 15 and his brief appearance at the National Economic Council meeting on Thursday, March 16 that held in the Council Chambers just about 50 metres from his office.
Special adviser to President Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, while explaining why the president sometimes had just one item on his agenda in a day in his first week back said:
“When a man just returns from a medical vacation, common sense dictates that he eases himself gradually into a schedule that is naturally rigorous.”
When asked if the reduction in Buhari’s workload implies that the president is no longer fit enough to continue discharging his responsibilities, Adesina said President Buhari himself had answered the question.
“The answer to your question has been given by the President himself. On the day he came, he vowed to rededicate himself to serving Nigerians, and when governors met him on Thursday, one of them asked him to do the minimum, so that he can serve Nigeria for a longer time. He responded by saying it is time to repay those who elected him into office by working harder for them,” he said.
On Thursday, March 16, 2017, when advised by state governors to take more rest, President Buhari insisted that he does not need more rest as he is concerned with the challenges facing Nigeria.
So far for a recuperating President, Buhari’s series of engagements suggests he is a President who is passionate about Nigeria’s development.
More importantly, President Buhari has shown that he is physically and mentally fit to run the affairs of the country after wide speculations of his death in London.