By Shitile Mbayansa, Abuja.
For the umpteenth time, the Federal Government, Wednesday, explained why President Muhammadu Buhari was absent, for the third time, at the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, just 24 hours after his wife in a series of tweets said that her husband’s health situation was not as bad as perceived.
Again, it was the lot of Minister of Information and culture, Lai Monhammed, to offer explanation on the President who, 24 hours ago, was said to have received briefings from Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN); and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC) boss.
Mohammed debunked stories that the President was being intravenously fed. He said it was “absolute bunkum.”
He added: “It is absolutely untrue that he is being fed. He was in the office yesterday as you all reported. And if the doctors say he should take a rest I think you’ll recover faster when you rest when you ought to rest, rather than by forcing yourself to work when you are not fit to work.”
“All he is doing is that he is following the doctor’s advice. Mr President himself told the nation he has never been this sick and he is going to take it easy. He said it from day one when he came back from the UK.”
“So, whatever is happening today is not any strange development, is exactly what he said. That he’s been advised to take it easy by his doctors and that he will soon also go back for further treatment.
“I don’t think its anything that is out of the place from what he said. He has been quite transparent and upfront in the matter concerning his health.”