President Buhari Advised by Doctors to Take Things Slowly


Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari’s doctors have advised him to take things slowly as he recovers from an undisclosed illness. “There is no need to worry about his health” his spokesman, Garba Shehu said on Thursday.

Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday where he also explained that Buhari’s absence at the Federal Executive Council (FEC), meeting on Wednesday was a last minute decision; otherwise, the cabinet and the public would have been notified in advance.

This was Buhari’s second consecutive absence from the weekly meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“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 of the state of his health while he was in London.

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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,’’ Shehu said.

According to him, in spite of the President’s lack of visibility, Nigerians should be rest-assured that Buhari has not renounced his role as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria.

“The President receives daily briefings on the activities of government, and confers regularly with his Vice President, Prof. 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.’’

Although the presidential aide remains optimistic about the president’s situation and prayed that God continues to see the president through this period of recuperation, Nigerians on the other hand suggest that the president take a permanent rest from the office.

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