The special adviser to Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, has said revealed what he saw of the ailing president when he joined a delegation to London recently.
Adesina confirmed that President Buhari was, indeed, smart and showed that he was truly ready to make his six-hour trip back to Nigeria. Speaking during a programme on Channels Television late Monday, August, 14, Adesina also said those asking the president to return with his doctors rather than remain in London are only expressing their opinions.
“The president I saw was sharp, he was smart, he was lucid. The president I saw was like his old self, almost completely mended. “But then, like we said in the statement we issued which is what he said to us in the first place, he would come when his doctors say it’s time to go,” Adesina said during the programme. He said the president told them he had followed events since leaving the country on May 7.
According to him, Buhari also spoke about the current protest by a group asking him to resign. He said the president thinks the protest is just part of democracy and that the participants are exercising their rights. Asked if Buhari is not troubled that he is outside Nigeria treating himself instead of being in his country, Adesina said: “The fact that he is in London and is taking treatment there for a while shows his belief that you procure treatment from wherever you can get it.
“It is a man who is alive that continues to lead his family, lead his church, lead his mosque or lead a nation.” He also stated that he really does not know who is responsible for Buhari’s treatment in London. “I do not know who is paying (for his treatment), but as a president, he has a right to be treated by the country,” he said.
Concerning the alleged low rating of the Buhari administration currently, Adesina said such would change positively before the end of the tenure in 2019.
He noted that things had gone very bad in the country before Buhari emerged as president adding that two years was not enough to redeem a country brought to shambles by a 16-year rule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It was reported recently that President Muhammadu Buhari sent his greetings to Nigerians informing them that he would soon be home from London.
The report quoted the president as saying so when received a delegation from his government led by Lai Mohammed, the information and culture minister. The others on the delegation include Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu, Lauretta Onochie and Abike Dabiri.