Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has made it clear that the President was not sick as was believed in many quarters, saying that he performed all his official duties upto the time he left the country for London on Monday.
Speaking shortly after Buhari addressed reporters at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja om Monday, Adesina said that though the President has ear infection, but that it had not stopped him from carrying out his duties as the leader of the country.
“The buzz going round town is that the President is ill, but ‘ill’ will be a misnomer, it should not be the right word to use.
“The President is going for a 10-day rest and during that period he will see specialists who will look at his ear because he has been treating that ear locally for some time.
“Nigerian physicians have looked at it and now they have said you are going to UK, now that you will be there. Let specialists look at the ear.
“They have treated it locally so it is not a question of whether the President is ill. If he is ill, it presupposes that there are certain things that he cannot do.
“But till the very last minute that he is traveling, the President performed the duties and functions of his office as the President. So illness is not the issue.”
The spokesman said that the President is on vacation, saying: “as a human being, yes he can rest. He has been President for one full year, you know that in February he took five days leave, he is taking another 10 days now. That means 15 days leave in one year.
“You and I take more than that. So it is natural that the President, as a human being, is taking 10 days rest but he is not ill.
“We need to underscore that. Rather than going into a frenzy I will urge Nigerians to just show goodwill and patriotism, they should pray for him and wish him well.
“Things about health life and death are in the hands of God, but I believe that all is well with our President and God will take care of him and take care of the country.” [myad]