Hajiya Rakiya, the only surviving elder sister of President Muhammadu Buhari, has affirmed that her brother is not only alive but in high spirit, as she has been speaking with him every day.
The President’s sister appealed to Nigerians to continue to pray for his well-being instead of spreading rumours about his health.
NAN reports that the 84-year-old woman speaking in Daura, Katsina state, said President Buhari as a human being, is bound to fall ill or even die “at any time his Creator wishes”. She stressed that her brother needs the prayers of every Nigerian for him to succeed in the task of addressing the problems facing the nation.
According to Hajiya Rakiya, she has been speaking with the president every day, since January when he departed to London, he is in high spirit. Rakiya popularly called Amadodo said:
“I just returned from the lesser Hajj, and even while in Saudi Arabia, I was communicating with him every day.
In Saudi Arabia, I communicated with him “every ten hours. We were 28 from our mother late Hajiya Zulaihatu who died in 1992, but Buhari was her last born.”
More so, a number who were interviewed in the President’s hometown expressed displeasure over rumours about the president’s health.
Interestingly, a source from the Presidency claims President Buhari is expected back in Nigeria from his vacation in the United Kingdom on Saturday, the Leadership reports.
The source who is reportedly a senior official in the presidency claimed only a last-minute change of plans could stop that.
Buhari is also said to have cancelled an interview with a foreign media house on Tuesday, but will likely grant one before the weekend.
Another presidential source added that the President “had already packed his bags to leave on Sunday but was advised by his doctors to wait and get results of some tests he conducted before leaving that country. He said:
“I can confidently tell you that Mr. President might still be there (in London) because he has to succumb to the superior knowledge of physicians who conducted medical checks on him, but his mind is in Nigeria.”
On the President’s rumoured bad state of health, the source said: “What else do you expect from people? If it were to be other past presidents who go on vacation or medical checkup without official notification, there wouldn’t have been room for such rumour.
But this is a president who is determined to remain transparent in whatever he does in office. Don’t forget that this is not the first time His Excellency is embarking on a vacation outside the shores of the country.”
Meanwhile, an article published by the Financial Times opines that dead or alive, President Buhari makes no difference because policymaking has been so ponderous during the 20 months since he assumed office.
For two weeks and counting, the President has been in London receiving medical treatment for an undisclosed illness and his absence has sent the rumour mill of Africa’s most populous nation spinning, with frequent erroneous reports that the president is dead.