Amid mounting pressure for him to return home, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday stated that he cannot return back to Nigeria without his doctors order adding that there is tremendous improvement in his health.
The president’s statement came in the wake of protests calling for his return to Nigeria after spending more than 90 days on medical treatment in London.
President Buhari’s comments, relayed by his spokesman, Femi Adesina in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina, was made while receiving some senior government officials including the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity; Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, and Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media in London. He said:
“I’ve learnt to obey my doctors orders, rather than be the one issuing the orders. Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge.
“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, 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,he 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 thanked Nigerians for their concern and prayers and expressed hope that he would be with them soon.