Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, says
President Muhammadu Buhari’s doctors have
advised him to take things slowly as he fully
recovers from the “long period of treatment in the
United Kingdom”.

On Wednesday, the president was absent at the
federal council meeting (FEC), fuelling speculation
that he was ill.
But in a statement on Thursday, Shehu said there
was no need for apprehension over the health of the


“The presidency hereby assures the good people of
Nigeria that, despite the insinuations of a number of
media organisations, there is no need for
apprehension over the health of our President,
Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
“President Buhari’s absence at the federal executive
council meeting of Wednesday, April 26, was a last
minute decision; otherwise, the cabinet and the
public might have been alerted in advance. As
eager as he is to be up and about, the president’s
doctors have advised on his taking things slowly.

“President Buhari himself, on his return to the
country, made Nigerians aware of the state of his
health while he was in London. Full recovery is
sometimes a slow process, requiring periods of rest
and relaxation, as the minister for information, Lai
Mohammed, intimated in his press briefing after the
FEC meeting on Wednesday.”

The presidential spokesman assured Nigerians that
Buhari was still in charge of the country, and that he
receives daily briefings on the activities of the

“Despite his lack of visibility, Nigerians should rest
assured that President Buhari has not abdicated his
role as commander-in-chief of Nigeria. He receives
daily briefings on the activities of government, and
confers regularly with his Vice President, Professor
Yemi Osinbajo,” he said.

He said the president’s private residence, in which
he has been spending the majority of his time
recently, was a fully equipped office.

“God is the giver of life and health. We are grateful
that He has seen our president through the worst
period of his convalescence in London. We are
thankful that the president has passed a number of
benchmarks already. We pray that God continues to
see him through this period of recuperation,” he