Nigerians should be ready to see Buhari soon — Presidency

FILE PHOTO:  Muhammadu Buhari with APC Chieftains, Bisi Akande and Bola Tinubu in London
FILE PHOTO: Muhammadu Buhari with APC Chieftains, Bisi Akande and Bola Tinubu in London

A presidential aide, Garba Shehu, has asked Nigerians to be ready to see President Muhammadu Buhari return from his medical vacation in London to the country anytime soon.

Mr. Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, made the statement in an interview with Channels Television in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said the president was no longer “enjoying his stay’’ outside the country.

“As a matter of fact, we should be getting ready to see the president flesh and blood and that will be as soon as possible.

“The president (himself) is looking forward to being home to be with his people.

“I don’t think he is enjoying any longer an extended vacation outside the country,’’ Mr. Shehu said.

Commenting on the president’s telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump, the spokesman said it was “undiplomatic’’ for anyone to demand the release of the audio recording of the conversation.

According to him, releasing an audio containing the telephone conversation between two presidents is highly unethical and against modern civilisation.

“No, I don’t think so; I don’t think it is permitted in international diplomacy. I think if we had recorded Mr. Trump in this conversation it would have offended our diplomatic relations.

“I think the Americans themselves would not have recorded this conversation of president to president,’’ he said.

Mr. Shehu said there was not enough time for the two presidents to discuss other continental and international issues.

He, however, expressed optimism that the conversation would boost bilateral relations between Nigeria and the U.S.

“Well, there wasn’t enough time to talk about everything. I think the point at what will follow is in the invitation that President Trump has extended to our president (Buhari) to come over.

“That is the kind of opportunity that was presented to Nigeria to put all the issues on the desk.

“As for their immigration policy, I think our president has been clear about one thing – the choices made by the Americans as to who to lead them, in this case, Mr Trump, is entirely their own choice.

“We have no business interfering with their domestic affairs.

“As to the countries that have been barred, it has been clearly specified and Nigeria did not feature in the list,’’ he added.

Mr. Buhari proceeded on medical vacation on January 19 and wrote to the Senate that Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo would act in his absence.

His absence which has stretched beyond the initial 10-day request has generated speculations about his health condition.

On Monday, Mr. Buhari spoke with Mr. Trump by telephone at the request of the American president.

The president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said in a statement that the two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

He said Mr. Trump assured Mr. Buhari of the U.S Government’s readiness to enter a new deal in helping Nigeria in the supply of weapons to combat terrorism.

“Trump also invited Buhari to Washington at a mutually convenient date,’’ Mr. Adesina said.

On the president’s medical test results being expected from doctors, Mr. Shehu said he had no information on whether the president had collected the results or not.

“No, we have no information on that (test results). If he had received them, he would have been on the plane back home.’’

(NAN)


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  • Watch man

    Papa welcome, oyoyo! Papa welcome, oyoyo!! Papa welcome, oyoyo!!! Is that not what the presidency wants people to sing? Lol!

    • K. Below

      @disqus_2ZP9pbGSmf:disqus

      Nigeria is not
      going anywhere under Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari. Statecraft in the 21st
      century is one of 100% intellectual activity. Buhari does not have that
      intellectual leverage to think things out. This is the whole truth. Pastor Yemi
      Osinbajo, the Vice President; a Bachelors degree lawyer, doesn’t have it
      either. APC is just a one-chance bus operated by demagogues and thieves. The
      effects of a party of dunderheads and thieves are coming soon after this third
      quarter of economic recession is done, when Nigeria shall plunge into total
      chaos in the middle of a far more severe ECONOMIC DEPRESSION.

      • aboki

        The COMMENTS above by various commentators is disgusting and unfortunate to any right thinking being.
        Those WAILING WAILERS abusing and names calling of NATION PRESIDENT like Nigeria with negative wishes does not auger well and portrayed one some back ground.
        What gains one drive with such negative vices and ill wishes on Leadership of Nigeria.
        2019 is by the corner and voters would vote in Nigeria at various polling station not through internet or premium time. You may vote present Government out come 2019.
        DEATH is a NECESSARY END it would come when it’s supposed to come.
        As some of you may not die till eternity.
        TIME would tell noise makers with sadistic mind.
        KARYA KU KUKE

    • BREAKING NEWS

      @disqus_2ZP9pbGSmf:disqus

      “Such diplomatic conversations can only take place between two mentally coherent and bodily agile Presidents.
      If the Nigerian President is that bodily agile and mentally coherent, why is he not on seat in Nigeria? Not even
      the defence of ‘doctors’ advice and results of medical tests’ can keep a hale and hearty President off his presidential seat for three weeks running, if he is truly hale and hearty, to the extent of having such
      weighty diplomatic conversations with the world No. 1 President at this point in time. The same new
      US President said to be calling President Buhari was factually seen globally receiving the
      Prime Minister of Canada at the White House and at the same time or hour of the
      purported long diplomatic conversations with President Buhari.

      Unless the authorities of the White House and the United States Department of State speak in concurrence
      and authoritatively from Washington DC; confirming all that Mr. Femi Adesina said President Trump said to
      President Muhammadu Buhari, otherwise we ask all Nigerians to ignore the statements or accept them with
      a pinch of salt. Not even a concurrence statement from the US Embassy in Nigeria can expressly be
      convincing and acceptable to all and sundry.

      Circumstances may most likely not have been ripe for new President Donald Trump to say those things Deacon Femi Adesina credited to him. Most importantly and strikingly, the statements under reference are monolithic
      in source; having only come from the mouth of Mr. Femi Adesina, who is co-enmeshed in trending presidential falsehood and associated dramas in Nigeria concerning the true whereabouts and health status of President Muhammadu Buhari”.

      ………………..Society for Civil Liberties
      and the Rule of Law, InterSociety

      (February 14, 2017)

    • Nonames

      “Nigeria’s inflation has now risen to 18.55 per cent, its highest in more than 11 years,
      according to the latest data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). all major
      food sub-indexes increased, with soft drinks recording the slowest pace of
      increase at 7.66 percent (year on year). Added to this, communication,
      restaurants and hotels recorded the slowest pace of growth in December,
      growing at 5.33 per cent and 8.91 per cent (year-on-year) respectively.

      The Nigerian crisis has even spread to global airlines.
      In the latest illustration of the economic crisis engulfing Nigeria under Buhari,
      United Airlines is to discontinue daily flights between Lagos, the commercial
      capital, and Houston in the US at the end of the month. Iberia, the Spanish
      airliner, cancelled all four of its weekly flights to Nigeria in May.”

      ……….Newsreports

      (2016)

      • V.O Akins

        MUHAMADU BUHARI AND ECONOMIC DESTRUCTION MEAN THE SAME THING IN NIGERIA.

        I HAVE NOT MET ANY NIGERIA WHO SAID HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING BUHARI.

        • Bello Sule

          I think you have to talk with clear specificity. Talk about your self and people of your like mind, because, we here on the other side, are more than anxious of to see the return of the President.

  • B. Me$$i

    So that Is the telephone(in the corner) baba has been using to call everyone except Nigerians themselves.
    They need to check the settings..maybe all calls to Naija have been barred by PDP.
    Kwaroption is fighting back!

  • B. Me$$i

    I am also ‘no longer comfortable’ with the psychiatric vacation of TundeMESS/tunsj/julius/man-woman enough, wahala, Kay soyemi, amazing2012, Maria, Rommel and other e-zombies.
    We need to pray for them too.

    • aboki

      Those youyou ca mentioned are people well articulated with substance in their presentation.
      They are cultured and well brought up from a good family back ground.
      They see things in perspective not in one dimension.
      messi as you called yourself THINK POSITIVELY in all your doings.

  • CandidView

    Oh Ok! It’s now hide and seek ehn? Nigeria. Here you encounter all kinds of comic scenarios. See President or not, let the nation work and her citizens live a good life.

  • Tommy Soto

    The president’s first order of business upon arrival back home should be to sack Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigerian who is a GEJ appointee, and put his own man in that seat.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    While progressive nations are busy plotting how to improve on their economies and living standards of their citizens, Nigerians are busy haggling about the health of an old man who has chosen to hang on to power despite his physical and intellectual inability to cope with the exigencies of his office .

  • Right Minded

    Trump hasn’t met Buhari before except on Tv and pages on newspapers, so how was he able to recognise Buhari’s voice? Oh! i have forgotten that we have two kinds of buhari bow, the real Buhari and the mimic Buhari (the comedian). Maybe the Buhari comedian has been flown to London to answer all Buhari’s calls and say things written on paper by Mamman Daura or Danbazzau who are always by the bedside of Buhari. Or it could be Daura who has been answering all Buhari’s calls.

    • Bello Sule

      Are you sure you are that who you call your self? I have to ask because your post suggest the opposite.

      • Right Minded

        I can see that frustration is gradually eating up your gworo mind. Dont worry, it will soon end up consuming you.

  • FreeNigeria

    Personally I’m praying he doesn’t make it back, same fate applies to the other politicians or people dragging Nigeria backward.

    • Bello Sule

      Keep praying, the praying mantis, but I think its wise and sensible to accept what you can not change. However, I can also discern that your purpose of making your intention to pray public is for some cheap popularity, which you also do not deserve. Lastly and interestingly, you can only pray, but you can not change anything.

  • Kevin Peter

    Unending drama!

  • Mizch

    And if his doctors say he should remain after seeing the results, what next? You count your chicks before they are hatched.

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