President Muhammadu Buhari, who failed to return to Nigeria on Sunday, and has now extended his sick leave indefinitely, is hale and hearty, his spokesman Shehu Garba said.
In a Facebook post, Mr. Garba said he even spoke to Mr. Buhari’s personal doctor, who certified that the President was doing well. In fact, he added, President Buhari is not even in any hospital, but in the residence of the Nigerian High Commission in London.
Mr. Buhari left Nigeria on January 19 for a “short” vacation and medical checks. Not long after he left that rumours began to spread that he was dead. But the Presidency dismissed such rumours, saying the President was alive and well.
However, with the latest development, Nigerians are likely to ask many more questions over the state of health of President Buhari who has handed power over to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, quoted unnamed sources in the Presidency as saying that Mr. Buhari was in need of a major surgery and may be away for at least four long months.
Read Mr. Garba Shehu’s statement below
I spoke to the president’s personal doctor last night, and he told me President Buhari is not in any serious condition to worry about. He is not in hospital. He is in the residence at the Nigerian High Commission.
He and his delegation were ready to come home yesterday but for the delayed test result which came in yesterday necessitated that he delays his return.
There is nothing to worry about as far as his condition is concerned.