In what appears to be a ‘shut up’ message to his critics, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday played host to members of his media team led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at the Abuja House in London.
This is coming after a week long protest by coalition of civil societies calling on him to either come back to resume office or resign.
Among those the President hosted included the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
Others were Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Senior Special Assistant Media & Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, and the Personal Assistant Digital/Online Media Lauretta Onochie.
The photos released by Adesina showed the President in group photograph with the media team outside and another in sitting position.
However, in statement by Adesina, the President said he would be back to the country soon.
He said there is tremendous improvement in his health, indeed, he wishes to return home, “but I’ve learnt to obey my doctor’s orders, rather than be the one issuing the orders. Here, the doctor is absolutely in charge.”
According to Adesina, When the team expressed delight at the much improved health of the President, he retorted: “I feel I could go home, but the doctors are in charge. I’ve now learnt to obey orders, rather than be obeyed.”
On how he felt hearing different conjectures about his health, an amused President Buhari said he followed events at home closely, lauding Nigerian television stations, and the media generally, for keeping him informed.
When told that prayers were going on fervently for him, not only in Nigeria, but all over Africa, and round the world, a delighted President said: “What we did in The Gambia early this year fetched us a lot of goodwill on the African continent. It gave us a lot of latitude. I thank all those who are praying. May God reward them.”
President Buhari sent appreciation to all Nigerians, expressing hope that he would be with them soon, Adesina said.