President Muhammadu Buhari insists his doctors will decide his return date To Nigeria


Olalekan Adetayo , Abuja
Ailing President Muhammadu Buhari
again on Saturday said only his
doctors would decide when he would
return to Nigeria.
According to a statement by his Special
Adviser on Media and Publicity , Mr.
Femi Adesina, the President spoke at
the Abuja House, London , United
Kingdom, when he received members
of his media team led by the Minister
of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed.
Buhari who has been receiving
medical attention in the British capital
since May 7 was reported to have told
the team that visited him that there is
tremendous improvement in his health
and that indeed, he wished to return
home,
“ I have learnt to obey my doctor’s
orders rather than be the one issuing
the orders . Here , the doctor is
absolutely in charge, ” the President
was quoted as saying .
Mohammed was said to have led the
team that included Adesina; Senior
Special Assistant on Media and
Publicity, Garba Shehu ; Personal
Assistant on Digital/ Online Media ,
Lauretta Onochie ; and the Senior
Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters,
Mrs . Abike Dabiri- Erewa ,
According to Adesina, when the team
expressed delight at the much
improved health of the President,
Buhari reportedly said , “ I feel I could
go home, but the doctors are in charge.
I have now learnt to obey orders ,
rather than be obeyed.”
On how he felt hearing different
conjectures about his health , Buhari
was reported to have said he followed
events at home closely .
He was said to have lauded Nigerian
television stations , and the media
generally, for keeping him informed .
When told that prayers were going on
fervently for him, not only in Nigeria,
but all over Africa , and round the
world, the President reportedly 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 . ”
Adesina said the President sent
appreciation to all Nigerians ,
expressing hope that he would be with
them soon.

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