I’m okay, only need to obey doctors’ orders, President Buhari tells Lai Mohammed, Adesina, Shehu, others in London

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From left: Personal Assistant Digital/Online Media to the President, Lauretta Onochie; Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; President Muhammadu Buhari; Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, during the presentation of a ‘get well’ card to the President at Abuja House in London, on Saturday.

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By Kemi Kasumu, General Editor

When told that prayers were going on fervently for him, not only in Nigeria, but all over Africa, and round 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 latitude. I thank all those who are praying. May God reward them.”

President Muhammadu Buhari has himself spoken on the state of his health saying there is tremendous improvement to the extent that he wishes to return home.

President Buhari however 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.”

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Buhari’s spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement he issued, copy of which was sent to The DEFENDER, which said President Buhari spoke on Saturday while receiving the presidential media team, and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, at Abuja House, London.

The media team, according to the presidential spokesman, was led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, accompanied by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Personal Assistant to the President on Digital/Online Media, Lauretta Onochie and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

According to the statement, 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 round 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 latitude. I thank all those who are praying. May God reward them.”

President Buhari sent appreciation to all Nigerians, expressing hope that he would be with them soon.


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