In a statement issued on Thursday by Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the Presidency condemned series of negative media reports about the president’s state of health, explaining that his decision to stay away from Wednesday’s federal executive council meeting was sudden.
“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, as he fully recovers from the long period of treatment in the United Kingdom some weeks ago.
“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. His private residence, in which he has been spending the majority of his time recently, also has a fully equipped office,” the statement added.
President Buhari, who some weeks ago returned from long medical vacation in London, has been absent consecutive times from the weekly FEC meetings now.
He has also been less visible at state public functions for a while, heightening speculations about worsen health condition.