Presidency Says No cause for apprehension over Buhari’s Health

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari
(Last Updated On: 2017-04-28)

Nahimat Adekoga


The Presidency has urged Nigerians not to be apprehensive over health issue of President Muhammadu Buhari, despite insinuations of a number of media organisations on his health concern.

It said despite his lack of visibility, Nigerians should rest assured that President Buhari has not abdicated his role as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria, adding that he receives daily briefings on activities of government, and confers regularly with his Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

It also added that his private residence, in which he has been spending majority of his time recently, also has a fully equipped office.

The Presidency said Buhari’s absence at the Federal Executive Council meeting of Wednesday, April 26, was a last minute decision; otherwise, the cabinet and the public might have been alerted in advance.

The Presidency, in a statement released on Thursday by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said 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 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,” the statement said.

“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,” Shehu said in the statement.

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