Participating In Ramadan Fast Has Improved My Health – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari with the FCT Traditional Rulers, Ona of Abaji, Baba Adamu Yunusa and two others during their Sallah Homage at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. PHOTO: SUNDAY AGHAEZE. JUNE 15 2018.


President Muhammadu Buhari says participating in the 2018 Ramadan Fast has improved his health and made him more fit to handle national issues.

The President disclosed this on Friday when some Muslim faithful and Christians led by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello and the Chaplain of the State House Chapel, Pastor Seyi Malomo paid him a visit at the Presidential Villa, in celebration of Eid-El-Fitri.

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President Buhari noted that he could not participate in the spiritual exercise last year due to ill-health.

“I am very grateful to the ministers and church leadership that came to say happy Eid-Fitr to those of us that have been fasting.

“A lot of people advised me whether on health grounds, I could default. I refused because I realise the value in fasting. I cannot miss it once I can do it.

“Last year, I didn’t because I was on health vacation. But this year, I have done it and I thank God because it has helped me to be much more healthier to give me the time that I need to attend to national issues,” the President said.

President Buhari with children at the presidential villa.


He, however, enjoined all Nigerians to work together confidently irrespective of religious beliefs to salvage the nation.

He told traditional rulers, service chiefs and government functionaries present that all Nigerians must work together to salvage the nation’s assets.

President Buhari on August 19, 2017, returned to Nigeria from a medical vacation in the United Kingdom after spending more than 100 days.

Southern Governors Meet In Lagos

Seventeen governors from South-west, South-east and South-south are currently in Lagos discussing latest national issues.

This meeting is coming 12 years after a similar meeting was held in Lagos, when former governor Ahmed Tinubu was the governor of Lagos State.

The Governors present at the meeting include the Six Southwest Governors. They include Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode; Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose; Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun; Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola and Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

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Also present are the Governors of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike; Edo State, Godwin Obaseki; Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu; Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi;  Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom and Ebonyi State, David Umahi.

Three of the governors were represented by the deputy governors.

Deputy Governor’s of Anambra, Dr Nkem Okeke and Cross River State, Professor Ivara Esu and some federal lawmaker are also present in the event.

Senate President Endorses Clamour For National Conference

In what appears to be a twist, the senate president David Mark has welcomed the convocation of a national conference.

While welcoming federal lawmakers after a recess, Senator Mark said a conference of Nigeria’s ethnic nationalities to foster frank and open discussions of the national question is welcomed.

The senate president also condemned the activities of those he termed as political jobbers who he said have seized the political space despite the fact that the 2015 general election is still two years away.

The lawmakers are now back to work after a recess which lasted seven weeks.

During the recess there were rumblings in the political scene including the internal crisis going on in the ruling party which has been attributed to the struggle by major players to position themselves for positions come the 2015 election.

The senate president expressed concern that the inordinate ambition by politicians could cause chaos in the country.

While welcoming his colleagues after the recess, the senate president in an unexpected move welcomed the convocation of a national conference but rejected the call for a conference with sovereign powers.