Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari has returned from the United Kingdom, where she went to visit her husband, who is receiving medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
Mrs Buhari who arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on the morning of Tuesday, June 6, 2017, assured Nigerians that her husband was recuperating fast.
While speaking to Journalists on her arrival, Aisha Buhari conveyed President Muhammadu Buhari’s appreciation to Nigerians over their constant prayers and said he would soon return to the country.
She also called on Nigerians to continue to be strong in the face of challenges and to support the Federal Government in implementing the agenda for which they were elected. Hear her:
“I thank Allah for my safe trip to U.K, where I visited President Muhammadu Buhari. He thanks Nigerians for their constant prayers for his health and steadfastness in the face of challenges.
“He is soliciting for your continuous cooperation and support to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, towards achieving the mandate of this administration as contained in our APC manifesto, so that we can build a very strong institution for a better future of our country Nigeria. Thank you and God bless The Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
On May 30th, Mrs Buhari travelled to the UK to spend some time with the President. Before her departure, she thanked Nigerians for their support and prayers for President Buhari’s quick recovery.
Meanwhile, Aisha Buhari has expressed shock over the demise of Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) who died in the early hours of Monday, June 5th, after a brief illness at the age of 68.
In a condolence message through her Twitter handle on Monday, Mrs Buhari described the news of Osotimehin’s death as a rude shock and prayed the Almighty God to grant his family and UNFPA the fortitude to bear the loss. She wrote:
“The news of his death came as a rude shock and his passing away is a great loss to us all.
“Myself and the Future Assured team mourn his demise; he will indeed be greatly missed.
“I pray Almighty God to grant his family, the UNFPA the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.”
More so, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed shocked and sadness over Prof. Osotimehin’s death. In a statement by his spokesman, Mr Laolu Akande, Osinbajo condoled with the wife, children and the entire family of the deceased over the passage of their bread winner.
The Acting President also commiserated with the staff of UNFPA and the entire UN on the demise of Osotimehin, whom he described as a very remarkable international public servant, who served passionately, diligently and worked tirelessly at the global and national stages to reduce maternal mortality as well as promote universal access to reproductive health.
Prof Osotimehin was born on Feb. 6, 1949 in Ogun State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that he graduated from University of Ibadan.
He was appointed as the fourth Executive Director of UNFPA on Dec. 19, 2010, after serving as the Federal Minister of Health. He had previously served as the Director-General, National Action Committee Against Aids (NACA) in Nigeria.