The Presidency has refuted a report by Sahara Reporters on Sunday, April 30 which says President Muhammadu Buhari is so sick that he cannot eat or drink being fed fluids through tubes.
The online news platform claimed that three different sources in the presidency confirmed the alleged poor state of the president’s health.
But President Buhari’s personal assistant on new media Bashir Ahmad said the report was totally untrue.
Ahmad cleared the air late on Sunday, April 30 after the report claimed that the President’s health had deteriorated seriously in the last few weeks.
He wrote on his Facebook account: “I have received many calls and text messages this evening, asking me whether the story published on Sahara Reporters about President Muhammadu Buhari’s health status is true or not.
“The story like so many of its kind is untrue, as Garba Shehu said last week Thursday, there is no need for apprehension over President Buhari’s health.
“We pray that God continues to see Mr. President through this period of recuperation.”
The President’s British doctors who had reportedly sent a medical team to the Villa to attend to him had advised that he should immediately return to the United Kingdom to begin a complex and long-term treatment to elongate his life.
However, cabals in the Presidency had frustrated the president’s trip on two different occasions including the one planned for April 15.
Sahara Reporters said it learned that advance teams were sent by the presidency to the UK twice to await the President’s arrival but nothing happened.
It quoted a source with knowledgeable of President Buhari’s condition as alleging that there was a massive coverup by the President’s close associates to confuse the Nigerian public.
The source said: “They feel that if he [President Buhari] travels abroad, they will lose the power and influence they wield when he is town.”
Naija News had earlier reported that Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed while briefing State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC on said that the President needed some rest and that he would henceforth work from home.
Meanwhile, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare his state of health to Nigerians, stating that the President is a public property.