The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has said he does not know who is paying for the President’s treatment but added that the country was most likely paying for his treatment.
Mr Adesina made this claim on Monday when he made an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“I do not know who is paying (for his treatment), but as a President, he has a right to be treated by the country,” he said when asked who was footing the President’s bill.”
Femi Adesina’s claim is coming two days after he and some members of Mr President’s media paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in London,
Mr Adesina and members of the President’s media team along with the Special Adviser on the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had visited their boss in London on Saturday.
Photos and a video footage from the visit, which went viral have not ended the controversy over the President’s long absence with some people insisting that many questions are still unanswered about his health status and his ability to assume his duties.
While the President’s spokesman said he was unsure of Mr President’s return date, he said the President was “like his old self”.
“The President I saw was sharp, he was smart, he was lucid. The President I saw was like his old self, almost completely mended. But then, like we said in the statement we issued which is what he said to us in the first place, he would come when his doctors say it’s time to go.”
Asked if he felt the President appeared fit enough to travel back to Nigeria, Adesina said, “If you know the President, at the peak of his performance – when he first assumed the Presidency and we went to different parts of the world, you will know that he is a man of tremendous energy and tremendous ability.
“If a man was ill and he has mended, that means he is restored. He can do what he used to do and possibly even more.”
Some have said that since the President is strong enough to receive visitors, his doctors should follow him back to Nigeria and monitor his progress, but Adesina disagrees.
He said those wondering why the President’s doctors haven’t done that are only expressing their opinion.
“Their opinions do not necessarily translate to the gospel truth. It’s just an opinion,” he said.