President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence at the Federal Executive Council Meeting on Wednesday caused a lot of Nigerians to worry over his health and how it impedes his ability to function as the head of state.
However, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu he assured Nigerians that there is no cause for alarm, adding that President Buhari has not abdicated his role as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria.
Shehu said President Buhari receives daily briefings on the activities of government, and confers regularly with his Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo in his private residence, in which he has been spending the majority of his time recently, and that the residence also has a fully equipped office.
Read the full statement below:
PRESIDENT BUHARI’S HEALTH: NO CAUSE FOR APPREHENSION – PRESIDENCY
The Presidency hereby assures the good people of Nigeria that, despite the insinuations of a number of media organisations, there is no need for apprehension over the health of our President, Muhammadu Buhari.
President 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. 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.
Despite his lack of visibility, Nigerians should rest assured that President Buhari has not abdicated his role as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria. He receives daily briefings on the activities of government, and confers regularly with his Vice President, Professor 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.
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
April 27, 2017