Thursday, April 22, 2021

Presidency: No cause for alarm over Buhari’s health


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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By Sulaiman Shuaib

The Presidency on Thursday assured Nigerians that despite media reports on President Muhammadu Buhari’s health, there is no cause for alarm.

A statement by the president’s media aide, Garba Shehu, said Mr Buhari’s absence at the Federal Executive Council meeting of Wednesday, April 26, was a last minute decision.

He said if it were not last minute decision, the cabinet and the public might have been alerted in advance.

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“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.

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“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.

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“His private residence, in which he has been spending the majority of his time recently, also has a fully equipped office.

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“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 continue to see him through this period of recuperation,” the statement added.

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