Special Adviser on Media & Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina, has said that those doubting the veracity of the photos of the visit of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to President Buhari in London are haters of the president.
Speaking during a programme, This Morning on TVC, on Thursday, Adesina also said that ‘Mr. President will not speak to Nigerians because he has the ‘right to his vacation, we don’t need to intrude.’
‘Buhari has his right to his vacation; if Buhari will speak to Nigerians, it will be his choice, his prerogative, we don’t need to intrude. What some people want to do is to ram it dawn his throat… it is a point of principle that Buhari is not speaking to Nigerians.’
Alluding to the health of the president, Adesina said that Buhari passed a massage to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, during Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting, in Abuja, adding that sooner than later Buhari will be back.
On how he and his team were handing the President’s health issue and calls that Buhari should speak to the people, Adesina said: ‘It is a matter of opinion and they are welcome to their opinion as there are some people who don’t want to believe the words of others and no matter what you say or do you have not done it well, hence you leave them to their opinion.’
The leader of Nigeria’s Senate, on Thursday, said President Buhari was well after visiting him in London, and dispelled rumours about the state of his health.
Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, travelled to the British capital with the Majority Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, and the speaker of the lower House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
It was the latest political delegation to visit Buhari at Nigeria’s official diplomatic residence, where he has been staying for nearly a month.
Saraki said in a statement on his Facebook page that Buhari was “healthy” and there was “no cause for alarm”.
The head of state was “cheerful and in good spirits”, he added. In a separate series of Tweets, he added there was “no vacuum in government” and “all organs of government (are) fulfilling their mandate”.
A tweet on Buhari’s own Twitter account late on Wednesday said he appreciated the visit and thanked “Nigerians, Christians and Muslims alike, for their prayers and kind wishes for my health”. Unlike some heads of state and government, Buhari does not delegate tweets, he writes himself.
Photographs showed him meeting the politicians looking apparently relaxed. Buhari’s health has been the subject of increasing concern in Nigeria since he extended his stay in London earlier this month, just as he was scheduled to return to Abuja.
The presidency has repeatedly insisted the president is not seriously unwell but was awaiting the results of medical tests. The former army general, who headed a military regime in the 1980s, received treatment for what his office, said was a persistent inner ear infection in London, last June.
The health of Nigeria’s president is a sensitive issue given the death in 2010 of President Musa Umaru Yar’Adua from a long-standing, but previously undisclosed, kidney complaint. His initial illness and treatment in hospital abroad triggered months of political uncertainty. His deputy, Goodluck Jonathan, took over on Yar’Adua’s death. Buhari’s number two, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, is deputising in his absence.