Speaking in an interview with journalists at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, shortly before President Muhammadu Buhari took off to London on Monday, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina maintained that the President Buhari is not ill.
President Muhammadu Buhari left the country on a 10-day trip to London during which he would seek the attention of specialists for what the presidency called a ‘persistent ear infection’ and according to Adesina,
“rather than going into frenzy, I will urge Nigerians to show goodwill and patriotism; they should pray for him and wish him well. Things about health, life and death are in the hands of God, but I believe that all is well with our President and God will take care of him and take care of the country”.
Mr. Adesina, who issued a statement last night saying the President was seeking further treatment for his ear infection abroad, on Monday dismissed reports that Mr. Buhari was ill. He said:
“The buzz going round town is that the President is ill, but ‘ill’ will be a misnomer, it should not be the right word to use. The President is going for a 10-day rest and during that period he will see specialists who will look at his ear because he has been treating that ear locally for sometime.
“Nigerian physicians have looked at it and now they have said ‘you are going to UK, now that you will be there, let specialists look at the ear. They have treated it locally so it is not a question of whether the President is ill. If he is ill, it presupposes that there are certain things that he cannot do. But till the very last minute that he is traveling, the President performed the duties and functions of his office as the President.
So illness is not the issue, but as a human being, yes he can rest. He has been President for one full year, you know that in February he took 5 days leave; he is taking another 10 days now that means 15 days leave in one year.
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“You and I take more than that, so it is natural that the president as a human being is taking 10 days rest but president Buhari is not ill. We need to underscore that”.
Many Nigerians have expressed dissatisfaction over why the presidency has chosen to feed Nigerians with confusion over the president’s state of health.
Recall that Buhari, who is the one wearing the shoe and knows where and how much it pinches him, has recently admitted that he is sick asking “is there anybody that doesn’t fall sick?”. Why then Mr. Adesina insists that the president is well and makes an argument out of place, is what a lot of people do not understand?