I have to wait for doctors’ orders to return home, Buhari insists 

by Elizabeth Archibong  

August 12, 2017 | 7:54 pm
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President Muhammadu Buhari has said though he wants to return home,  he will have to wait for the doctor’ orders to do so, indicating that he may not be returning to the country soon.

According to a statement signed and released in Abuja on Saturday, by Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina the President spoke while receiving the presidential media team, and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, at Abuja House, London, on Saturday.
” I’ve learnt to obey my doctor’s orders, rather than be the one issuing the orders. Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge” the statement quoted him as saying.

President Buhari left the shores of the country since May 7th to London on Medical Vacation. The team’s visit came amidst calls for the President to return to the country and resume duties or resign. This is the third Nigerian delegation visiting the President in the last few weeks.

The team was led by Minister of Information and Culture,  Lai Mohammed accompanied by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity; Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, and Lauretta Onochie, Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters also went with members of the team.

“When the team expressed delight at the much improved health of the President, he retorted: “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, an amused President 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, a delighted President 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 sent appreciation to all Nigerians, expressing hope that he would be with them soon” the statement read in part.


Elizabeth Archibong  

by Elizabeth Archibong  

August 12, 2017 | 7:54 pm
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