President Muhammadu Buhari sprang in the air today in London, to show his visiting media team that he has seen change in his health condition.
Led by the Minister of Communication, Mr Lai Mohammed, the team appeared in pictures that show the President springing back to life after being kept in London by a prolonged illness.
The President told his media team that “there is tremendous improvement” in his health, and that he “is eager to return home”.
“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,” he said.
The President spoke while receiving his media team, and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, at Abuja House, London, today.
Mohammed was accompanied by Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity; Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, and Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media, as well as Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters.
When the team expressed delight at the much improved health of the President, he said: “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 he was told that prayers were going on fervently for him, not only in Nigeria, but all over Africa, and around the world, he 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.
Meanwhile, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says that it will continue to pray for the full recovery of President Buhari.
Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, the National Chairman of PDP said on Saturday in Abuja that it was the desire of the party that Buhari should be well soon.
“We mean well for our President. We will continue to pray for him, we want him to be fit but that does not mean that we will go to sleep. We will work hard to win the 2019 elections,’’ he said.
He described the non-elective convention of the party held on Saturday as an affirmation that the PDP was a government in waiting.
Makarfi commended the security agencies for ensuring that the convention was conducted in a secured environment.
He also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for being unbiased and for demonstrating its independence.