Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s health status would not affect plans to mark the second anniversary of the administration, which comes up in a few weeks.
Nigerian Tribune reports Muhammed said the government had reasons to celebrate because of achievements recorded in various sectors in the last two years.
We’d be two years old in a few weeks time. And in our very normal customary way, we are going to mark it because we have a lot of story to tell,” he said.
Information gathered says that Mohammed said this while reacting to growing concerns over the health status of President Buhari which was heightened on Wednesday May 3, over his absence again at the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
However, the minister insisted that Buhari chose the Wednesday to rest on the advice of his doctors, in order to recover faster.
“You are also aware that the president was and worked at his office yesterday. A few days before now, we came out to say he’s been asked to take some rest by his doctors and he chose today to rest and not to attend the FEC meeting.
“We want to take this opportunity to thank Nigerians who have expressed a lot of concern and sympathy and who have been praying for him. Like we’ve always said, the president will stick to his doctor’s advice so that he can recover much more quickly.”
The minister rejected suggestions that President Buhari was being fed intravenously, describing the report as bunkum, adding that the president would rest for as long as his doctors asked him to.
When asked to react to the report, he said “the answer to your first question is absolute bunkum. It is absolutely untrue that he is being fed. He was in the office yesterday as you all reported.
“And if the doctors say he should take a rest, I think you will recover faster when you rest when you ought to rest, rather than by forcing yourself to work when you are not fit to work.
“All he is doing is he is following the doctor’s advice. The president himself told the nation he has never been this sick and he is going to take it easy. He said it from day one when he came back from the UK.
“So, whatever is happening today is not any strange development, it is exactly what he said. That he’s been advised to take it easy by his doctors and that he will soon also go back for further treatment.
“So, I don’t think its anything that is out of the place from what he said. He has been quite transparent and upfront in the matter concerning his health.