Sunday, January 22, 2017 11:32 pm
Nigerian presidency said on Sunday that President Muhammadu Buhari will continue to consult doctors in London hospital for his medical needs because his medical record is known to them.
Femi Adesina, spokesperson to the President said this in reaction to criticisms over the Buhari’s frequent trip to London to take care of his health while speaking on Sunday Politics, a programme on Channels Television.
““You have what is called medical history where you consult people who are used to you, and your health. Before he became president, he was using those people, so it stands to reason that the same people continue to attend to him,” he said.
The presidential spokesperson also said Buhari is the 74-year old president is hale and hearty.
“The true state of the president’s health is that he is not ill. I have been in touch with the president and the people around him today, just as I was yesterday. The president is fine, and don’t forget, the statement we issued said he was going on holiday and during that holiday, he would do medical checkups.
“ Holiday first, medical checkup, second, but some people want to turn it the other way round by saying medical checkup first, no it is a holiday… He is 74, even if you are not 74, you need to check your health. So, let’s not use the word ill because the president is not ill,” he noted.
Nigerians have been criticizing the President over his decision to seek medical treatment in London despite the huge amount allocated to the hospital in Aso Rock.
Buhari on Thursday left Nigeria for the United Kingdom on a ten-day medical vacation.
Adesina had in a statement said the leave is part of the president’s annual vacation and he (Buhari) is expected to resume work on February 6, 2017.
He added that during the vacation, President Buhari would also undergo routine medical check-ups.
“What is wrong with going on vacation? Didn’t I go last year at the same time?”, Buhari himself said while responding to a question from the journalists on his way to London
Meanwhile, President Buhari tweeted a picture of himself watching Channels television in London on Sunday in what was believed to be part of his move to further put a lie to the speculations that he is dead or very sick.
“Wherever I am, I keep up with news from home. Channels TV is one of my favorites. I’m proud of what the Nigerian media are achieving,” Buhari said in the tweet @MBuhari.