Buhari had busy week, workload not reduced – Garba Shehu

President Muhammadu Buhari with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo
President Muhammadu Buhari with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has said that contrary to reports in some quarters, President Muhammadu Buhari had an engaging week devoted mostly to policy issues, not ceremonial events.

Mr. Shehu, who is the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, said this in Abuja on Sunday.

The presidential aide was reacting to media reports insinuating that the presidency had heavily cut down President Buhari’s workload since his return from London on March 10, to allow him rest.

The reports said the President “has spent just about three to four hours in office since his return to Nigeria’’, adding that “the president has not attended any event outside the Presidential Villa since his return.”

Mr. Shehu, however, debunked these assumptions, saying that “in the first week of his return, President Buhari walked his talk on his intense desire to pay back to Nigerians by way of keeping their trust and serving their interests.

“His reply to the people for their support and trust is to work much harder for them.’’

According to him, the President did not have a day off or even a light week at all throughout his week of resumption.

He added that, “I read those analyses and I believe they were mostly wrong. What they don’t understand is that the President doesn’t follow official working hours because he is on duty all the time.

“He has another office by his living room so he works from home when most civil servants have closed.’’

Mr. Shehu noted that the president, who resumed work on Monday 13, started with the letters he sent to the two arms of the parliament, signifying his return to work.

He said the president then went in for a handover briefing by the Vice President.

“They had a lot to discuss between themselves.

“Although he gave specific mandates to the Acting President, he needed to be brought up to speed on the developments in the Supreme Court, the Niger Delta, the economy with particular reference to the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERPG which was launched in his absence and programs like the Small and medium Enterprises Clinic which have strong connections to the agricultural strategy of the administration.’’

He disclosed that on Tuesday the President followed up his meeting with the Vice-President, getting details from the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele on the liquidity situation of the country, the issue of reserves and the outlook for the rest of the year.

The presidential aide said the president then met with the leadership of the National Assembly led by Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

“Those two arms have dealt with the issue of his vacation with great sensitivity.”

He revealed that on Wednesday, the President presided at the Federal Executive Council (FEC), saying that “the president came well prepared for the meeting, appearing as if he had not been away for over a month.

“The noticeable thing about the last meeting was that it dwelled on policy. The meeting didn’t discuss contracts.’’

Mr. Shehu added that on Thursday, the President had a joint sitting with the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, the Ministers of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and that of Budget and Planning, Udoma Udoma.

He said that they discussed the country’s economic situation, the progress on the 2017 budget and liquidity issues.

He observed that on the same day, President Buhari held a state-of-nation meeting with governors who had assembled for the routine meeting of the National Economic Council being presided over by the Vice-President.

Mr. Shehu noted that Friday was used mostly for security briefing before the Juma’at prayers.

“The President has big ambitions for the country, driven by an intense desire to leave his mark on national affairs. This is as he said on his return two Fridays ago,’’ he added.

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  • Ekwekwe

    Fantastic! From Buhari’s zero workload then, to a ZERO workload now does not look reduced to me.

  • MI

    We know our president is a working president; May God give him all the energy and wisdom he will need to accomplish this onerous task of placing Nigeria on the race lane to growth and development. We have a population that is yearning for jobs and so far the policies of our govt is in the right direction to creating jobs through reducing our dependency on foreign foods/goods items. It is the only panacea to creating millions of jobs for our people and it only happens through deliberate steps and usually painful paths. If America is yearning to bring back lost jobs, we need it even more!
    We have started seeing results of some of the policy quicker than I even anticipated, considering, the level of damage done.
    Another area, is the fight against corruption, and must be sustained. It’s a difficult one cos nearly everyone is/was involved. Must be carefully fought but decisively.
    May God be with us.

  • musa aliyu

    Thumbs up! Enemies within may den go jump into lagoon!

  • Otile

    Alhaji Garba is a certified lair. Didn’t he also tell us that Imam was hale and hearty and was not admitted in any hospital? Yeah, Imam working hard, what did he achieve in the said week?

    • politica 2017

      @disqus_XU7l5Bu6Ch:disqus

      Nigerians are suicidal people. Otherwise, they’ll demand Buhari’s resignation forthwith.
      Given this official narrative of how Buhari wasted away yet another week, he should go.
      A diligent president would do everything narrated here in 48 hours, not for a full week.

      Buhari is either a mentally lazy foot-dragging ceremonial laggard or just plain clueless.

      After 49 days of dalliance in London he returned with no fresh thought at all – just blank.
      The proof that Muhamadu Buhari is not a desirable president of a country is right there.
      According to his aide (Garba Shehu), Buhari took no decision whatsoever, throughout.
      What a waste of space, and a misfit president – just sitting down to watch others talking.

    • Miss Adah

      SOMEBODY SHOULD TELL PRESIDENT BUHARI TO STOP TRYING TO SMILE WITH DROPPING JAWS.

      HE LOOKS SO LOCAL, SO CRUDE AND SO OFF-PUTTING JUST LIKE A FRESHLY CASTRATED EUNUCH.

  • thusspokez

    Buhari had busy week, workload not reduced – Garba Shehu

    So says the Buhari ‘Fake News’ peddler.

  • Tijani

    Everybody and anybody can see that President Buhari has aged dramatically in just less than 2 years. Dramatically. Whether or not his spokesmen admit it publicly, he looks terrible, his face is etched with sickness and pain, and he is severely emaciated. The man needs care, medical treatment, prayers and dare I say it, even a good dose of sympathy.

  • Curtx Maccido

    Goodness….these guys want the sick president dead, can’t he just take sometime off to rest and look after himself? can this garba shehu allow his aged relatives to be so deceived and confused? what the president need is treatment and rest…these imaginary workload is wicked and inconsiderate!

    • Lakeside

      You are right Junior.