Amidst growing concerns about President Muhammadu Buhari’s health, Nigerians have been reassured that there is no need for apprehension over the President’s recovery.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja, on Thursday evening explaining why President Buhari had been out of public glare for a while.
Shehu explained that Buhari’s absence at the Federal Executive Council (FEC), meeting on Wednesday (April 26) was a last minute decision; otherwise, the cabinet and the public might have been alerted in advance. Hear him:
“As eager as he is to be up and about, the President’s doctors have advised on his taking things slowly, as he fully recovers from the long period of treatment in the United Kingdom some weeks ago.
“President Buhari himself, on his return to the country, made Nigerians aware of the state of his health while he was in London.
“Full recovery is sometimes a slow process, requiring periods of rest and relaxation, as the Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed, intimated in his press briefing after the FEC meeting on Wednesday.”
In spite of the President’s lack of visibility, Nigerians should be rest assured that Buhari has not abdicated his role as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria, Shehu stressed.
“The President receives daily briefings on the activities of government and confers regularly with his Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. His private residence, in which he has been spending the majority of his time recently, also has a fully equipped office.
“God is the giver of life and health. We are grateful that He has seen our President through the worst period of his convalescence in London. We are thankful that the President has passed a number of benchmarks already. We pray that God continues to see him through this period of recuperation.”
Also standing up for President Buhari after his continued absence at the weekly FEC meeting, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors forum had earlier maintained that there was nothing awkward about Buhari’s health.
Speaking on behalf of the twenty-four-member governors’ forum Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai said they are not worried about President Buhari’s health. Hear them:
“It is not compulsory for Mr President to preside at every federal executive council meeting. That is why our Constitution makes provision for a vice president. Mr President is over 70 years old and it is such at that age to have one medical challenge or the other.
“Even I at 57 take medication for one ailment or another. Our prayer is that the president gets better and well. He has the vice president precisely for this reason. It may not be because he has a medical challenge that he didn’t go to the executive council meeting. He may have other pressing matters to attend.
“I have not chaired every executive council meeting in Kaduna even when I am in Kaduna because my deputy governor is there if there are other things to attend that are of greater priority than the council meeting. We are not worried yet. There is no concern to be worried but we ask Nigerians to join all of us in praying for the president improved health.”