ABUJA, NIGERIA. Femi Adesina, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, says he is not sure if it is the federal government that is responsible for the medical bill of his principal. Buhari has been receiving medical attention in London for a combined 150 days and the issue of the cost has generated heated controversy between his supporters and opponents.
Before he left Nigeria on May 7, the president had spent 49 days in the United Kingdom, treating an undisclosed ailment.
When he appeared on Television, on Monday, Seun Okinbaloye, anchor of the programme, asked Adesina, “Who is paying for the president’s treatment?”
“Does it matter at this point?” The presidential spokesman asked, to which Okinbaloye fired back: “We need to know, he is our president. He is a public official. This shouldn’t be shrouded in secrecy.”
Then Adesina said: “I do not know who is paying, but as a president, he has a right to be treated by the country.”
“Nigeria is taking care of the bill?” Okinbaloye asked, and Adesina responded, “Most likely. I don not know for sure.”
The presidential spokesman also discussed his experience with his principal at the Abuja House in London.
Adesina was in the delegation that met Buhari during the weekend.
“The president I saw was sharp, he was smart, he was lucid. The president I saw was almost completely mending,” Adesina said.
“But like I said in the statement we issued, he will come when his doctors say ‘it’s time to go home’.
Dismissing the position that Buhari has not returned to the country because he is too frail to travel, Adesina said: “We can’t depend on the word out there, but I can depend on what I saw with my eyes. I saw the president and I know that he has recovered considerably.
“Once the doctors certify him, he will surely come back… If you know the president, at the peak of his performance when he just assumed the presidency and went to different parts of the world, you will know that he is a man of tremendous energy and tremendous ability.
“If a man was heal and he has mended, that means he can do what he used to and even more.”
147 DAYS IN LONDON: Media Team Led By Lai Mohammed Visit Buhari (Video)
LONDON, UK. August 12th. President Muhammadu Buhari in London was visited in London today by the media team led by Alhaji Lai Mohammed. President Muhammadu Buhari told his visitors there is tremendous improvement in his health, indeed. He said he wishes 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.”
When the team expressed delight at the much improved health of the President, he retorted: “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.
From Left: Personal Assistant Digital/Online Media Lauretta Onochie; Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed; President Muhammadu Buhari; Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu and Senior Special Assistant to the Pressident on Diaspora Matters, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa during their visit to the President at the Nigerian House in London on Saturday
When told that prayers were going on fervently for him, not only in Nigeria, but all over Africa, and round the world, a delighted President 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 according to News Agency.
140 DAYS IN LONDON: Archbishop Of Canterbury Visits President Buhari
In a press release today, August 4th, Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) said Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, today, Friday, August 4th, paid a personal visit to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at Abuja House, London. The Archbishop and President Buhari are friends, who share deep respect for each other. Archbishop Welby said he was delighted to see the rapid recovery President Buhari has made from his health challenges, noting that it was a testimony to the healing powers of God, and answer to prayers of millions of people round the world. The cleric pledged to continue praying for both President Buhari and Nigeria.
In his response, the Nigerian President reportedly thanked Archbishop Welby, whom he noted had always stood by him at critical times, and wished him God’s continued grace in his spiritual duty of leading the Anglican Communion worldwide according to Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity).
Continuing Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) said it will be recalled that when former British Prime Minister, David Cameron described Nigeria as a “fantastically corrupt” country ahead of an anti-corruption summit in London in 2016, Archbishop Welby had retorted: “But this particular President (Buhari) is actually not corrupt.”
The Archbishop later personally received the Nigerian President at Lambeth Palace, London, and had also paid a goodwill visit to President Buhari in March this year, during his medical vacation according to Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity).
135 DAYS IN LONDON: CNN Trivia Puts Spotlight On Buhari’s World Record
Cable News Network (CNN) may have just made a mockery of Nigeria over the continued absence of President Muhammadu Buhari from the country. The television medium mocked the country in the latest edition of its “The Global Public Square (GPS)”, a foreign affairs show anchored by Fareed Zakaria.
The programme in its Quiz and Trivia segment asked, “The head of state from which country has not set foot in his homeland in over two months?”
The options were given as Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Nigeria and Syria.
It went on to tick the option ‘Nigeria’.
Chidi Odinkalu, Former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) posted a screenshot of the question on Twitter.
131 DAYS IN LONDON: Pic Of 7 Governors Buhari Pilgrimage Released
President Muhammadu Buhari was visited by state Governors Forum lead by Abdulaziz Yari in the Abuja House in London on wednesday and pictures of the visit released with the Nigerian goverment still not providing answers on the exact state of the President’s health.
Nigeria President,Muhammadu Buhari was visited by state Governors Forum lead by Abdulaziz Yari in the Abuja House in London.Yesterday, Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, told State House correspondents that a fresh team comprising Governors of Zamfara, Ebonyi, Kano, Borno, Benue, Akwa Ibom and Oyo will leave tuesday night to visit President Buhari in London. Gov. Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara will be leading the seven-man delegation of Governors’ Forum on a goodwill visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in London.
President Buhari had on Sunday in London reportedly received a delegation of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which comprised national leadership of the party and two of its governors—Nasir El-Rufai and Rochas Okorocha according to the presidency. Nigerians have called for at least a video clip of the event as proof it actually took place after the presidency released just a single photo. Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-kayode said the photo released is an old photo from a meeting the president had in Abuja and called on the presidency to stop lying to Nigerians.
According to him, the governors will be meeting the President on Wednesday in London.
“The delegation is being led by the governor of Zamfara, who is the chairman of the Governors’ Forum and in that delegation there will be the governors of Ebonyi, Kano, Borno, Benue, Akwa Ibom and Oyo states. They will leave tonight and make an early morning arrival in the UK,’’.
In his contribution, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the selection of members of the delegation was done by the Governors’ Forum. He dismissed the insinuation that Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti, a renowned critic of President Buhari’s administration, was deliberately excluded from the trip.
“The selection was not done by the government. It was done by the Governors’ Forum and you can see that the delegation is headed by Gov. Yari, who is chairman of that forum. So, that question should then go to the forum,’’
According to Femi Adesina, the president, who is recuperating very fast, preferred receiving delegations rather than addressing the nation through broadcast.
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has been in London for a combined 150 days for medical treatment and the presidency has continued to release bi-weekly “BUHARI WILL RETURN IN 2 WEEKS” claims through one crony or the other.