By Teddy Nwanunobi
Abuja (Sundiata Post) — President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, revealed why he chose to return from London, where he had been on medical vacation for 51.
Buhari also confessed to the fact that he has never been this sick in his life, despite repeated denials by the Presidency that he was not sick, but “hale and hearty”, and on vacation.
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; as well as Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina, had, at different times, told Nigerians that Buhari was hale and hearty.
They, however, claimed that the President was only on an extended holiday based on his doctor’s advise, and to carry out more tests.
While meeting with members Federal Executive Council (FEC), heads of security agencies, and some governors, Buhari declared that he deliberately returned on a Friday to enable him rest some more, while the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, continues with the good work he is working.
Buhari said that he was conscious of the cost of his treatment abroad.
He, however, said he was pleased to be back.
“I am pleased that the Vice President enjoyed this break, and he has to do much more this time around.
Buhari and Osinbajo
“Youth and intellect is squarely behind him, age and purely military experience is behind me.
“Continue to do the work. Nigeria will continue, whether we are here or not, and my single most important advise is take education of everybody under your responsibility very seriously, your children, our relatives, our constituencies – education education education. We must do more on education.
“I deliberately came back towards the weekend,l so that the Vice President will continue, and I will continue to rest,” Buhari disclosed.
Buhari arrived by 8.37 a.m. at the Presidential Villa, and emerged from the Presidential Chopper 8.42 a.m.
He was received by the members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), all heads of security agencies and the governors of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello; and Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari.
Addressing the country from the State House, shortly after arriving from London, Buhari said he was fully committed to serving the nation and protecting the right of all Nigerians.
The President alluded to the fact that he underwent lots of tests and even had a blood transfusion.
Hr added that he received best of treatment, and he was feeling better.
He said he will, however, need to do further follow ups within some weeks.
Buhari, who said he was appreciative of prayers from Nigerians from all works of life, advised against self-medication.
“I have rested as much as humanly possible. I have received, I think, the best of treatment I could receive. I couldn’t recall being so sick since I was a young man, including the military with its ups and downs. I found out that technology is going so fast that if you have a lot of confidence you better keep it because you need it. Blood transfusions, going to the laboratories, and so on and so forth, but I am very pleased that we, when I say we I mean the government and the people all over are trying to keep with technology.
“I couldn’t recall when last I had blood transfusion. I couldn’t recall, honestly, I can say in my 70 years. I couldn’t remember this drug that Nigerians take so much, very common. I think one of our terrible things is self drug administration. We have to trust our doctors more, and trust ourselves more. The places I visited, they only take drugs when it is absolutely necessary. They don’t just swallow everything,” Buhari narrated.
Buhari with family members
The President, who said the best way to pay back Nigerians is “to rededicate himself to service to the country, protecting the nation’s interest” in order to keep the trust, kicked against sending delegations to Abuja to welcome him.
According Buhari, there is a difference between his last year’s vacation and this year’s.
He added that he and Osinbajo took turns to go on vacation.
“There is a remarkable difference between what happened now and what happened last year.
“When it was getting to Christmas, I told the Vice President, I know he has got a church. Therefore, he has to go home. I said okay, let us do it turn by turn; you go for Christmas and the New Year, and when you come back, I will go. He said ‘yes’.
“I suspected he didn’t go home. When he came back, I said okay, it will be my turn in some months’ time. This time around, I said we better do the same, I didn’t know he had the same principles. But for me, I feel that I was a little more tired than I probably was in last 18 months. Whatever the case, I am very grateful that Nigerians are appreciative of what all of us are doing as a group. I am very pleased with them,” he said.
In his remark, Osinbajo said it was satisfying for Nigerians and the FEC to receive the President back in the country ‘‘hail and hearty’’.
“It is a day of joy not only for us, but for the whole country, Africa and the world.
”Mr. President, I must say that personally, this has been a very interesting few days for me. First, I must say that I want to thank you very much for the confidence (you) reposed in me by handing over the realm of government to me in the capacity of acting president.
“I think more important (thing) is that you demonstrated the belief in our system, which is even more important than anything else.
“The Constitution, which we all swore to, is important because it outlines the code of conduct. I want to say not only am I, but I am sure the entire nation is grateful to you.
“For me, I must say that it has been an interesting period, going around the nation, maybe in borrowed robes. I must say, I had a very interesting and challenging time, but above all, the President gave us the good support,” he said.
The Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF), Abdulaziz Yari, welcomed the President on behalf of the 36 governors of Nigeria.
Lai Mohammed, described the President’s return as a day of joy.
He added that the President’s return has vindicated their position.
He thanked all Nigerians for the prayers that kept them going, and Osinbajo, who gave the cabinet members a sense of belonging.
He prayed that God will continue to heal the President.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin, assured that whatever the desires of the President as regards security is achieved.