The Information Minister, Lai Mohammed,
said that the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari at Wednesday’s
Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, followed a medical advice from
his Doctors, that he should “rest in peace”.
Mohammed stated this while briefing
State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting, which was presided
over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He explained that the President, who was in office on Tuesday, was asked to take some rest by his Doctors.
“I know you will want to know why the
President was not at the meeting. You are also aware that the President
was at his office yesterday (Tuesday), and worked at the office. ”
“I think about a few days before now, we
did come out to say he has been asked to take some rest by his Doctors,
and he chose today to rest, instead of attending the Federal Executive
Council (FEC) meeting.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank
Nigerians who have expressed a lot of concern and sympathy, and those
who have been praying for him.
“We always said Mr President will stick to his Doctors’ advice, so that he can recover much more quickly,’’ he said.
Mohammed dismissed as wicked and
ungodly, the insinuation that the President’s health had deteriorated to
the extent that he was being assisted before taking his meals.
“It is absolutely bunkum. It is absolutely untrue that he is being fed.
“He was in the office yesterday as you
all reported. And if the Doctor says ‘oh, you take a rest’, I think you
recover faster when you rest, and when you ought to rest, rather that
forcing yourself to work when you are not fit to work.
“All he is doing is that he is following
the Doctors’ advice. “So, whatever is happening today is not any new
development. Its actually what he said that he has been advised to take
it easy by his Doctors, and that he would soon also go back for further
medical attention in the UK’’, he added.