Thursday, January 26, 2017 7:55 pm
President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be compelled to talk to Nigerians while on vacation to prove rumours about the state of his health wrong, Femi Adesina, spokesman for the President has said.
According to him, the President had the fundamental right to talk from anywhere or not.
“The fact that he is a president, he still has his rights. Compelling him to come out and talk will be infringing on his rights. The President will talk if he wishes to, and if he doesn’t wish to, nobody will compel him to talk.
“The truth is that the President is on vacation and he has given a date on which he will return to work,’’ the president’s spokesman maintained.
Adesina was emphatic that the President Buhari is neither ill nor admitted in any hospital in London as being speculated in some quarters.
Adesina, who is Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, gave the clarification on Thursday in a live interview programme on CNBC Africa, which was monitored in Abuja.
“The President is in London on vacation. He is not in any hospital and he is not ill.
“When he was travelling last week the statement we put out was that he was going on vacation and during the vacation he would do routine medical check-up and nothing has changed from what we pushed out last week.
“If anybody has fed something else into the rumour mill that is just what it is – rumour,’’ he said.