It is now over 44 days since Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, took a 10 day vacation to United Kingdom (UK) in which his media aides said involves routine medical checkup.
His inability to return as scheduled has fueled rumours over the condition of health of the 74 years old president. While Nigerians wait with bated breathe for the return of the president, whom his handlers said is ‘hale and hearty,’ and only resting in London, the president has been speaking on phone with select Nigerians.
The latest of such phone conversations is the one he had on Sunday with former President Olusegun Obasanjo who was celebrating his 80th birthday. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, confirmed this development in a statement he issued in Abuja.
According to the president, who is on medical vacation in London, a time like this provides opportunity to reflect on Mr. Obasanjo’s invaluable roles and contributions to the unity and cohesion of Nigeria, the brotherhood of all Africans, as well as peace and amity over the globe.
Similarly, it was reported that Buhari had spoken with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, saying he was feeling better.
The president who spoke with the governor in a telephone conversation that lasted for three minutes, was said to had thanked Nigerians for their concerns and prayers for him.
The conversation reportedly took place at the Kano Government House while a special prayer session organized by the Kano state government was in progress.
According to the report, Ganduje was addressing the Ulamas when suddenly Alhaji Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada, Buhari’s personal assistant on broadcast media, connected him with Buhari on phone for the conversation.
The president has also spoken with the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello. A government house statement issued in Lokoja said that Buhari, who made the call in the evening, interacted with the governor for a couple of minutes.
The Director General on media and strategy to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, who signed the statement, said Mr. Bello received the call in Lagos on his way back from Abeokuta, where he attended the inauguration of Obasanjo Library.
“The President thanked the governor for his support and his leadership qualities.”
Aside the political leaders that the president chooses to call from London, he has also called his media aides. Femi Adesina revealed that the president has called him asking about his family and thanking him for the way he has been handling ‘mischief makers’. Malam Garba Shehu, another media aide said he missed the president’s call, but got a text
With the flurry of calls from London by the President of Nigeria, there is now growing calls on the president to speak to Nigerians who elected him their president in 2015. We believe that it is a genuine demand by Nigerians. To avoid further speculations over the state of the president’s health and shame those peddling alleged false
information on his state of health, President Muhammadu Buhari, should speak to Nigerians.