Ailing President Muhammadu Buhari has said he has learnt to take orders from his London doctors, insisting that only them would decide when he will return to Nigeria.
A statement by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, noted that the President said that at the Abuja House, London, United Kingdom, when he received members of his media team led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Buhari who has been receiving medical attention in London since May 7 reportedly told the team that his health had improved tremendously and that he wished to return home, but would wait until his doctors in London releases him.
“I have learnt to obey my doctor’s orders rather than be the one issuing the orders. Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge,” the President was quoted as saying.
The team led by Mohammed included Adesina; Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu; Personal Assistant on Digital/Online Media, Lauretta Onochie; and the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa,
According to Adesina, when the team expressed delight at the much improved health of the President, Buhari reportedly said, “I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge. I have now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed.”
On how he felt hearing different conjectures about his health, Buhari reportedly said he followed events in Nigeria closely and praised the Nigerian media for keeping him informed.
When told people were praying for him, in Nigeria and some other African countries, the President reportedly 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.”
Adesina said the President sent appreciation to all Nigerians, expressing hope that he would be with them soon.