PICTURES: Buhari Hosts Tinubu, Akande In London

PICTURES: Buhari Hosts Tinubu, Akande In LondonPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday played host to two leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the UK where he has been on vacation.

Pictures of the President in a high spirit, hosting his guests were released by the Presidency via Twitter.

The President has been on a 10-day vacation in the United Kingdom since Monday January 23 and was billed to return to work on Monday, February 6, 2017.

He, however, requested a day earlier to have his leave extended in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.

The move generated controversies across the country with many citizens expressing fear that the President might be critically ill.

There have also been calls for the President to reveal details of his health status as some have doubted his capacity to manage the stress that comes with his job.

The Presidency has consistently assured Nigerians that the President is hale and hearty and the recent pictures are part of efforts to prove that he is indeed not in any critical condition.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has since taken charge as Acting President.

Nigerians Need To Know Buhari’s Health Status – Falana

Nigerians Need To Know Buhari's Health Status – FalanaA senior lawyer and rights activist, Mr Femi Falana, has advised the Presidency to do more in telling Nigerians about President Buhari’s health status as it did in 2016.

Mr Falana said on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics that Nigerians need to know the state of the President’s health.

Although he admitted that the law does not mandate the President to disclose his health status, he argued that citizens should not be left speculating about their president’s condition.

“Under the Freedom of Information Act, the right to health is supposed to be shrouded in secrecy but I am saying now that henceforth, this situation calls for a review of the law so that we won’t be left guessing next time.

“We are talking of the President. Many state governors go in and out of the country, some for a month or two, some for three months without anybody asking any question and without any handover to their deputies.

“But I am saying that with what we are going through now, we must come to appreciate that if you are going into public office, you have no secrecy,” he said.

He said that since the Presidency started on a good note by informing the nation of the treatment of an ear infection last time, more information this time around would remove speculations and erase any form of rumour.

“It is our duty and right and the President took cognizance of that last year when he disclosed to Nigerians what he was going abroad for. This year should not be an exception.

“This is what has given room to a lot of rumours and speculation which are totally uncalled for,” he said.

Only Buhari Can Reveal His Own Health Status – Femi Adesina

Only Buhari Can Release His Own Health Status – Femi Adesina The Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, says all that President Buhari needs from Nigerians is prayer.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Mr Adesina said via the telephone that knowing the actual health condition the President has been treating is not compulsory for Nigerians to pray for him.

He had few hours earlier released a statement announcing the President’s request to have his vacation extended as advised by his doctors to enable him receive the results of series of tests carried out on him.

Mr Adesina insisted that the reason for the extension was not more than he had stated in his statement.

He called on Nigerians to continue to pray for the President rather than allowing the latest news sway them into believing recent rumours that he had died.

Faced with the question that Nigerians would like to know the actual condition their president is being treated for to enable them offer prayers for him, Adesina insisted that Nigerians can pray for him without knowing the actual health condition.

He noted that the doctor-patient confidentiality must be respected, especially as the President is known to be a straightforward person who could disclose his condition to the citizens if the need arises.

“I am sure it will get to a point when the President has to disclose the status of his health if it needs to be disclosed. If it’s something serious enough to disclose, I am sure he will disclose it,” he said.

He explained that he could not disclose the nature of health challenge the President is dealing with because he was not aware.

“The President is the one who can release his own health status.

“The day he left, we still spoke. He didn’t tell me ‘this is my condition’. He told me he was going to rest and he would do medicals and that was included in the statement we released,” he added.

Asked if he knew when the President would be returning, Adesina said: “If there was a date he would return, it would have been in that statement.

“But the issue now is (that) there is no vacuum in government. No lacuna because power has been transferred to the Vice President who is acting president.

“So, Mr President can take the time he desires and when his doctors give him a clean bill of health, he then can return home.”

Test Cycle

President Muhammadu Buhari wrote to the National Assembly on Sunday, February 5, 2017, informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.

The President had planned to return to Abuja on Sunday evening, but according to Adesina’s statement, he was “advised to complete the test cycle before returning”.

The notice has since been dispatched to the Senate President, and Speaker, House of Representatives.

“Mr. President expressed his sincere gratitude to Nigerians for their concern, prayers and kind wishes,” Adesina added.

Buhari Extends Return To Nigeria

Buhari Extends Return To NigeriaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly today, February 5, 2017, informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.

This is according to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

“The President had planned to return to Abuja this (Sunday) evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning.

“The notice has since been dispatched to the Senate President, and Speaker, House of Representatives.

“Mr. President expresses his sincere gratitude to Nigerians for their concern, prayers and kind wishes,” Adesina stated.

President Muhammadu Buhari embarked on a 10-day vacation on Monday January 23 and was billed to return to work on Monday February 6, 2017.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has since been performing his duties as Acting President.

The President sent a letter to the National Assembly in compliance with Section 145 subsection (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which mandates the President to transmit a written declaration to the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The short vacation is part of his 2017 annual leave.

Buhari’s Rumoured Death Is Wicked, Callous – Obasanjo

Buhari's Rumoured Death Is Wicked, Callous – ObasanjoNigeria’s ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo has described the rumoured death of President Muhammadu Buhari as wicked, callous and treacherous.

In a statement on Friday, Obasanjo wondered why there have been persistent social media reports of President Buhari passing away in Europe where he is on vacation, in spite of the presidency refuting the reports with fresh images to back it up.

He stated that what the President needs “are our prayers and best wishes, which will ginger his morale to come back stronger and better”.

“No normal human being will wish an elderly person dead, irrespective of their differences.

“If you don’t like him, wait for another election, not going about to say he is dead. No matter his health situation, we should pray for him to recover quick and come back stronger and better.

“For anyone wishing him dead, such person or group of persons are callous, wicked and treacherous,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

“I was also rumored to have died almost 12 times. I don’t know what they derive from doing so, but, they should seek for forgiveness.

“Even if we know that the President is sick, he is in a better position to know what to say or what to do and not wishing him dead. We should just stop politicizing everything, especially with the elderly in the country.”