Take things slowly, doctors warn Buhari over health

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Doctors treating President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja have warned him to take things easy as he fully recovers from the long period of treatment in the United Kingdom some weeks ago.

Presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, who revealed this in a statement on Thursday was giving reasons for President Buhari’s absence at Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Garba said there there is no need for apprehension over the president’s health.

He explained that Buhari’s absence at the FEC meeting 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, as he fully recovers from the long period of treatment in the United Kingdom some weeks ago.

“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,’’ Garba stated.

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According to him, in spite of the President’s lack of visibility, Nigerians should be rest-assured that Buhari has not abdicated his role as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria.

“The President receives daily briefings on the activities of government, and confers regularly with his Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

“His private residence, in which he has been spending the majority of his time recently, also has 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.’’

The presidential aide prayed that God continues to see the president through this period of recuperation.

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