Shortly after arriving London, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed confidence that his administration will run smoothly, despite his indefinite absence.
The President left the country on Sunday night for further medical check-ups in the UK, where his duration of stay would be determined by his doctors.
But amidst growing concerns about his health, the President who handed over the reins of power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in his absence, has now assured Nigerians that there will be no lapses in governance. Via his Twitter handle @MBuhari handle, Buhari wrote:
“As I noted earlier, I have absolute confidence that government will continue to run smoothly while I’m away. God bless the Federal Republic.”
Recall that 74-year-old President Buhari had earlier warned Nigerians when he returned from nearly two months of medical treatment in London that he was likely to go back, and shortly after meeting the 82 released Chibok girls in Aso Villa on Sunday night, the President left for further medical check-ups in the UK.
However, according to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday, President Buhari had earlier before his journey on Sunday night, claimed that the release of the 82 Chibok girls boosted his health.
Speaking during the visit by a delegation from Borno led by Governor Kashim Shetima, which came to thank President Buhari for the release of the Chibok girls from Boko Haram captivity, Osinbajo acknowledged that a lot of what happened in the release of the Chibok girls was largely because the international community and development partners believed in President Buhari’s integrity.
Osinbajo said the partners “recognize his genuineness, forthrightness and felt the need to help”, adding that they did not have to wonder if there was any other thing else going on.
“We are thankful for that kind of leadership that has shown so much integrity,” he said.
Osinbajo pointed out that the present generation of leaders must resolve the humanitarian crises in the North East. He said that the Federal Government would re-strategise with all the agencies involved in the rehabilitation of victims of insurgency in order to address their most urgent problems.
“Perhaps it might be wise for us to take a look first about how to save the children and to save peoples’ lives and then begin to address questions of infrastructure as we go along.
“But I think it is important that people don’t die while we are thinking, people don’t die while we are planning to ensure that we are able to provide for them.
“So what I will suggest is that we take some time out to look at this, the Borno State government, the Federal Government, and then of cause the PCNI, PINE and all the other government initiatives that are working out there.
“And then plan things better, outline what is priority and then determine what it will cost us and then we can work from there.
“But I think it is important that we take a second look at what we have organized so far so that we will be able to do something more.”
Osinbajo noted that the crises in the North East had grown deeper but added that it was gratifying that more people were freed from captivity by the armed forces and international partners.
He said the government must determine what needed to be done and do everything that it would take to hold the officials to account for the lives of the children and vulnerable people.
“That in my view is the whole point about leadership, otherwise I don’t see how we can justify our leadership in any other way,” he said.