President Muhammadu Buhari says there is tremendous improvement in his health, and that he is eager 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,” the ailing president is quoted as saying in a press statement issued by Femi Adesina, a spokesperson.
The President spoke while receiving the presidential media team, and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, at Abuja House, London, on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
Nigeria’s information and culture minister, Lai Mohammed led the visiting team, accompanied by Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, the two spokesperson for the president, and Lauretta Onochie, a personal assistant to the president on social media.
Also at the meeting was Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the president’s senior special adviser on Diaspora Affairs.
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.
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.