Monday, May 1, 2017

Presidency Denies Report On Alleged Worsening State Of Health Of President Muhammadu Buhari

The Presidency has denied a report by SR on Sunday, April 30 which claimed President Muhammadu Buhari is so sick that he cannot eat or drink with ease.

The online news platform had said in its report that three different sources in the presidency confirmed the alleged sad state of the president’s health.

But President Buhari's personal assistant on new media Bashir Ahmad said the report was totally untrue.

Ahmad cleared the air late on Sunday, April 30 after the report claimed that the President’s health had deteriorated seriously in the last few weeks.

President Buhari is said to be unable to feed as his health reportedly worsens

He wrote on his Facebook account: "I have received many calls and text messages this evening, asking me whether the story published on Sahara Reporters about President Muhammadu Buhari's health status is true or not.

"The story like so many of its kind is untrue, as Garba Shehu said last week Thursday, there is no need for apprehension over President Buhari's health.

"We pray that God continues to see Mr. President through this period of recuperation."

The President’s British doctors who had reportedly sent a medical team to the Villa to attend to him had advised that he should immediately return to the United Kingdom to begin a complex and long-term treatment to elongate his life.

However, cabals in the Presidency had frustrated the president's trip on two different occasions including the one planned for April 15.

SR said it learned that advance teams were sent by the presidency to the UK twice to await the President’s arrival but nothing happened.

It quoted a source with knowledgeable of President Buhari's condition as alleging that there was a massive coverup by the President’s close associates to confuse the Nigerian public.

The source said: "They feel that if he [President Buhari] travels abroad, they will lose the power and influence they wield when he is town."

TTB had earlier reported that the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, hinted at how sick the president is when he said he had chosen to work from home.

Although he denied saying it was a continuous development, his submission raised concerns among Nigerians.

Lai said he “never said that President Muhammadu Buhari is to work from home henceforth”.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, April 26, the minister said the reporting in a section of the media of his post- Federal Executive Council (FEC) briefing that the President is to work from home henceforth is erroneous.

In the statement signed by his Special Adviser Segun Adeyemi, the minister said “the President only decided to work from home today, not that he has decided to work from home henceforth.''

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