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Buhari: I’m okay, only obeying doctors’ orders

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja    |   13 August 2017   |   4:35 am  

L-R: Personal assistant to President Buhari on social media Lauretta Onochie, information minister Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and his spokesmen Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu in London on Saturday. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/FEMI ADESINA

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said there has been a tremendous improvement in his health, to the point that he wishes to return home. He is, however, hamstrung because he has to obey rules set before him by doctors that are managing him.

The president, who has been attending to his health in London, in the last three months, said he wishes to return home, “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.”

President Buhari spoke while receiving the presidential media team, led by Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, at Abuja House, London.

The visiting team was accompanied by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina; Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, and Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media, Lauretta Onochie.

When the team expressed delight at their principal’s improved health, 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, 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, he 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 latitude. I thank all those who are praying. May God reward them.”

A statement signed by Adesina and made available to newsmen in Abuja said President Buhari also sent appreciation to all Nigerians, expressing hope that he would be with them soon.



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