The Presidency has assured Nigerians that despite the insinuations by a number of media organisations, owing to rare public appearances of President Muhammadu Buhari, there is no need for apprehension over his health.
In a statement on Thursday, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said that Buhari was away from public events because his doctors advised him to rest.
Shehu said that “despite his lack of visibility, Nigerians should be rest assured that President Buhari has not abdicated his role as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria.”
He hinted that the ailing President has been recuperating and spending much of his time at his private residence where he also has a fully equipped office.
Shehu explained that Buhari’s absence at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting of last Wednesday 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”, the spokesman stated.
He added that Buhari “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.”
In another statement, Shehu said Buhari has commiserated with the family of former Minister of Education, Professor Babalola Borishade, who died on Wednesday.
He said the President sent his condolences to the government and people of Ekiti State, professional colleagues, political associates and friends of the renowned academic and political strategist, whose antecedents in the academia and public service will continue to speak for generations to come.