Nigerians were excited to welcome their president, Muhammadu Buhari, back home after what was supposed to be a 10-day leave stretched to one month and three weeks.
However, he’s planning on jetting out again for more treatment in the next few days, maybe in a couple of weeks.
Addressing the country from the State House, shortly after arriving from London, concerned citizens finally got to know the truth about their leader’s health as he dispelled the tall tales of Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity and his Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, that he was hale and healthy all these weeks.
President Buhari also said he has had never been as sick as he was in his entire life. “I couldn’t recall being so sick since I was a young man, including in the military with its ups and downs”, he revealed.
Buhari went on to hint that his health was so bad that he had to undergo blood transfusion, adding that he could not remember the last time he was transfused blood.
He said he was fully committed to serving the nation and protecting the right of all Nigerians but was quick to add that with or without him, Nigeria will continue.
The president further expressed gratitude to Nigerians for all the prayers and show of goodwill, pledging to rededicate himself to the service of the nation and also revealed that his health had improved significantly, following the medical attention he received during his vacation in London.
The president said:
‘‘I am deeply grateful to all Nigerians, Muslims and Christians alike who have prayed and have continued to pray for my good health. This is a testimony that in spite of the hardship being experienced, Nigerians support the government in its effort to tackle our country’s challenges.
“The best way for me to repay you is to rededicate myself to serving you, protecting your interest and keeping your trust. I thank you very much. I am feeling much better now. There may, however, be a need for further follow-up within some weeks.
“Rather than sending delegation upon delegation to Abuja to welcome me, may I appeal to all Nigerians to continue to pray for our country’s unity, progress, and prosperity. I thank you very much and may God bless our country.”
In his remark, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said it was satisfying for Nigerians and the Federal Executive Council to receive the President back in the country “hale and hearty’’.
He also thanked Buhari for respecting the constitution and entrusting him with power before traveling. Osinbajo said it was a tough job ‘going around in borrowed robes’.
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, thanked God for the safe return of the President, saying, ‘today is a day of joy for Nigerians, Africa and the world as the President arrived safely’.