President Muhammadu Buhari appeared in public yesterday when he joined other Muslim faithful to partake in the Juma’at prayers in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Other government officials who observed the prayer session in the Aso Rock mosque yesterday were the ), Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Mongunu (rtd) and Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura.
Also in attendance were the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Baru Maikanti and other top government officials also participated in the Juma’at prayer in the mosque.
After being absent from three FEC meetings, his appearance for prayers yesterday may have put out public concerns over his health status.
You would recall that the President last week failed to take part in the usual Friday Juma’at prayer session in the State House mosque situated in the Presidential villa and that was the second time President Buhari was noticeably absent from Juma’at since his return from the medical vacation.
The first absence was on Friday, March 10, 2017 and that was due to his doctors’ recommendation for further rest.
Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity had said in a statement that the doctors counseled the President on the need to slow down in order to recover fully from the long weeks of treatment.
“Full recovery is sometimes a slow process, requiring periods of rest and relaxation,” he said.Garba noted that despite his lack of visibility, Nigerians should be rest assured that President Buhari has not abdicated his role as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces.
“God is the giver of life and health. We are grateful that He has seen our President through the worst period of his convalescence in London. We are thankful that the President has passed a number of benchmarks already.
“We pray that God continues to see him through this period of recuperation,” Garba added.On Wednesday, President Buhari for the third time since his return to Nigeria was absent from the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
An online agency had reported that the President’s health condition had worsened to a point that he was currently finding it difficult to feed himself.
The report stated that apart from the issue of prostrate challenges, President Buhari was also suffering from a medical condition known as “Crohn’s disease,” that has negatively impacted his digestive system.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed while briefing State House Correspondents after the FEC meeting on Wednesday said the speculations that the absence of President Buhari could be confirmation that he was allegedly being fed intravenously, was false.