Any one or group waiting for a definite time that President Muhammadu Buhari will return from his medical vacation abroad will be disappointed by the latest feedback from the ailing leader.
A statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President, on Saturday said that the Presiden claimed that there was a tremendous improvement in his health and wished to return home, but he will wait until his doctors ask him to do so.
“but I’ve learnt to obey my doctor’s orders, rather than be the one issuing the orders. Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge.”
The President who was said to have spoken while receiving the presidential media team, and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, at Abuja House, London, on Saturday. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, led the visiting team, accompanied by Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity; Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, and Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media and Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters was quoted to have said, “but I’ve learnt to obey my doctor’s orders, rather than be the one issuing the orders. Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge.”
The statement said when the team expressed delight at the much-improved health of the President, he retorted: “I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge. I’ve now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed.”
On how he felt hearing different conjectures about his health, an amused President Buhari said he followed events at home closely, lauding Nigerian television stations, and the media generally, for keeping him informed.
When told that prayers were going on fervently for him, not only in Nigeria, but all over Africa, and around the world, a delighted President said: “What we did in The Gambia early this year fetched us a lot of goodwill on the African continent. It gave us a lot of latitudes. I thank all those who are praying. May God reward them.”
President Buhari was said to have sent appreciation to all Nigerians, expressing hope that he would be with them soon.