Buhari back anytime from now – Presidency sources TrendyVoice

9 February 2017

Buhari back anytime from now – Presidency sources

ABUJA—AMIDST increasing concerns over the
health status of President Muhammadu Buhari,
indications emerged, yesterday, of his imminent
return to the country, having reportedly finished
with the extended medical tests his United
Kingdom-based physicians ran on him.
The latest public declaration that the President
is in fine fettle was given by Senate President,
Dr. Bukola Saraki, and Speaker Yakubu Dogara
who, in separate tweets, acknowledged that the
President is in fine shape.

Also yesterday, a very close associate of the
president, who had been in close touch with
people around him, confirmed the positive news
of his health, saying the President was
expected to return any time from today.
Meanwhile, President Buhari, yesterday,
received two prominent leaders of the All
Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola
Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, in London.
The assertions came as the Christian
Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the Jama’atu
Nasril Islam, JNI, in separate calls, also urged
Nigerians to pray for the well-being of the
President, asserting that as a human being, he
is also prone to ill-health.
A prominent official of government who also
maintains a close personal and family
relationship with the President, equally
confirmed the well being of the President,
“I found out from the family and I was told
that the tests had been carried out and it is
being envisaged that he could come back
anytime from tomorrow (today),” the public
official, who spoke on the strict condition of
anonymity, said.
Another senior Presidency source spoke in the
same vein, saying there is nothing holding the
President back, though he could not give a
clear date for his return.
The well being of the President was further
accentuated by pictures of the President with
APC leaders, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and
Chief Bisi Akande, which Vanguard confirmed
to have been taken yesterday afternoon.
In one of the pictures, the President was sitted
between the two party leaders in a sitting room
and, in another, Buhari was sandwiched
between the two men with all of them smiling.
Asserting that the President is hale and hearty,
Saraki in a tweet at 11:35 p.m. on Wednesday,
confirmed that he spoke with Buhari, adding
that the President even cracked jokes with him
during their discussion.
Noting that he is happy to have interacted with
the President, Saraki in his tweet, said: “Happy
to have spoken with @NGRPresident @MBuhari
tonight. He was in good spirit and joked about
my working late into the night, as usual. –
@Bukolasaraki on Twitter Wednesday 8th of
February 2017, 11:35 pm.”
Saraki’s assertion came three days after Acting
President, Yemi Osinbajo, also disclosed that
the President is hale and hearty.
Speaker Yakubu Dogara also went on Twitter,
yesterday, to confirm speaking with Buhari,
who he claimed professed his pains at the
sufferings Nigerians endured last year and had
as such, resolved to ensure a better life for the
Dogara in his tweet said: “MBuhari called me
yesterday evening. He talked about what the
Executive/Legislature must do to ensure food
security for all Nigerians.
“He said he was pained by the suffering
endured by most Nigerians last year and he is
resolved not to let events of 2016 repeat
themselves. He also asked me to extend his
best wishes to all Honourable members.”
Ahead of the President’s return, the expectation
was also being raised among APC members.
At the national secretariat of the party in Abuja,
a big banner was placed inside the parking lot
with the inscription, “Welcome Mr. President,
Baba, Oyoyo” the banner produced by the
National Youth Council of Nigeria, had pictures
of Buhari and Youths and Sports Minister, Mr.
Solomon Dalung.
Pray for his quick recovery, CAN urges
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria,
CAN, yesterday called on all Nigerians to pray
for the quick recovery of the President and his
safe return.
In a statement by the Director of Legal and
Public Affairs, Barr. Kwamkur Samuel, CAN
also called on the Presidency not to hide
information from the people.
The statement read: “We wish to call on all
Nigerians to join hands in prayers for the quick
and full recovery of Mr. President and his safe
return to Nigeria instead of dwelling on the
needless rumour on the President’s health.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is human, hence
subject to health challenges sometimes. CAN
appreciates the anxiety of Nigerians to hear
Mr. President speak, but sues for
understanding as we await that. It is very clear
that our leader is passing through health
“We advise the Presidency to update Nigerians
on how he is faring and the full progress of his
“We call on all Christians and indeed, all God-
fearing Nigerians to dedicate time of prayers
for our President and the nation. We owe our
leaders prayers and support at all times while
shunning divisive opinions that only generate
“CAN also calls on Nigerians to give the Vice-
President who is also the Acting President full
support and prayers to lead well.
“We acknowledge that government is a
continuum. Hence, we call on Acting President,
Professor Yemi Osinbajo to be bold in handling
critical state matters and not to be distracted
by those who do not wish Nigeria well.”
JNI condemns death-wish peddlers
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, on its part,
condemned those it said were wishing the
President dead instead of praying for his full
The JNI also termed those it said were calling
for the resignation of Acting President
Osibanjo as “callous and mischievous.”
In a press statement by its Secretary General,
Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, the group said: “JNI
is, indeed, perturbed over the series of rumours
making the rounds on the state of President
Muhammadu Buhari’s health.
“It should be, however, noted that as with
every mortal, illness is inevitable, likewise life
and death. Thus, JNI is very concerned about
the pandemonium generated as a result of the
rumoured illness of the President and the
dimension it is unfortunately taking.
‘’ Does that mean he can no longer get ill?
Agreed that reports from the Presidency stated
that President Muhammadu Buhari is currently
undergoing a cycle of tests as recommended
by his doctors, hence the extension of his
“We must as patriots, be cautioned on
spreading inaccurate information. More so,
Muslims should be cautioned not to join the
bandwagon of rumour-mongers. This is so
because already some unpatriotic elements are
wishing that the President is dead.
Interestingly, those who wish him death will
certainly not live till eternity. Aren’t we
supposed to wish each other good well-being?
Let alone, the President of the country?
“Therefore, following the unnecessary
excitement in the President’s delayed return to
Nigeria, we implore all and sundry, particularly
Muslims to persistently supplicate on daily
basis for President Muhammadu Buhari’s safe
return, restoration of good health and the
ability to continue with the task of piloting
Nigeria to greater heights with his team.
“In the same vein, we are all implored to
fervently pray for the nation, the Vice President,
governors and all those in positions of
authority, for Allah’s guidance in the discharge
of their respective duties.
“We nonetheless, condemn in the strongest
terms those calling for the resignation of
Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as the Vice-President,
Federal Republic of Nigeria. Whatever, the
intent may be, we see such calls as callous,
mischievous and unpatriotic.
“ Moreover, why must that vacuum be created
now, if not for sinister motives? We, therefore,
call on all Jumu’ah Imams to include the
matter in their respective Friday sermons
tomorrow and beyond.”

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