The Presidency on Monday called on Nigerians to pray fervently for President Muhammadu Buhari who is on a 10-day trip abroad during which he would seek treatment for a persistent ear infection. This is even as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to act as President for the period Buhari would be away. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, urged Nigerians to prayers for Buhari in a statement, saying:
“Rather than going into frenzy, I will urge Nigerians to show goodwill and patriotism; they should pray for him and wish him well. “Things about health, life and death are in the hands of God, but I believe that all is well. God will take care of him and take care of the country.’’ Adesina said President Buhari was seeking further treatment for his ear infection abroad and dismissed reports that he was ill. The presidential aide said Buhari was going to London to spend part of his annual leave.
He explained that the president would use the opportunity of his vacation to see an ENT specialist for a persistent ear infection. According to Adesina, President Buhari effectively performed his presidential duties until he left Nigeria for London on Monday. “The buzz going round town is that the president is “ill”, but “ill” will be a misnomer; it should not be the right word to use. “The President is going for 10- day rest and during that period, he will see specialists who will look at his ear; he has been treating that ear locally for some time.