The Presidency has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari, again, was absent from Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council.
Information and Culture minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, told the state house correspondents after the meeting that Buhari stayed away from the meeting on the advice of his doctors.
He said, “On why the president was not at the meeting, you are also aware that the president was at his office yesterday and he worked at his office yesterday. A few days before now, we came out to say he has been asked to take some rest by his doctors, and he chose today to rest and not to attend the Federal Executive Council meeting.
“We want to take this opportunity to thank Nigerians who have expressed a lot of concern and sympathy and who have been praying for him. Like we have always said, Mr president will stick to his doctor’s advice so that he can recover much more quickly.
”We thank all of them for their concern. I think it shows how concerned Nigerians are about the health of the president and all their suggestions are being taken on board.”
On reports that the president is incapacitated and was being fed intravenously, the minister said, “The answer to your first question is absolute bunkers. It is absolutely untrue that he is being fed. He was in the office yesterday as you all reported. And if the doctors say he should take a rest, I think you’ll recover faster when you rest when you ought to rest, rather than by forcing yourself to work when you are not fit to work”.
Mohammed maintained that all the president was doing is following the doctor’s advice, even as he said, “Mr president himself told the nation he has never been this sick and he is going to take it easy. He said it from day one when he came back from the UK”.