There have been a lot of speculations surrounding the absence of President Buhari and his health status in recent times. The Nigerian community has gone berserk over the extension of the leave and the uncertainty laced with his return and safety.
While the whole world is anticipating the return of the president, there are some things you need to know in order to stay calm. The president’s whereabouts is not unknown as some government officials know what is going on with him. This would at least quell the fears of those who want to declare him missing.
Ever since the head of the country went on leave, a lot of things have happened in the nation. Vice President Osinbajo is holding the reins well and top officials are as dedicated as ever in the disposition of their duties. As a matter of fact, some officials are in touch with the president and are passing across to him all the necessary details.
Find below some of the prominent Nigerians who have been in touch with President Buhari ever since he went on leave:
1. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo
If there is anyone in the world who should be able to give Nigerians firsthand information about the president, it should be the vice president.
Note that President Buhari designated all duties to him when he was going on leave and this gives him the sole right to act like the president in his absence.
As required, there would be a workflow between the two as it is important for the president to be kept abreast of all the things happening.
2. Bukola Saraki
The senate president who read the letter of the president’s formal note of leave to the house has been in contact with the president.
He confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari is quite fine and doing well in the United Kingdom where is currently on vacation.
Saraki said he spoke with President Buhari on phone on the night of Wednesday, February 8 and the he sounded quite like his old self.
He tweeted about this and revealed that the president went on to tease him about his nocturnal habits.
3. Solomon Dalung
Solomon Dalung, the minister of youth and sports, received a commiserating call from President Buhari on the death of his wife. Dalung who lost his wife after a brief sickness received a call from the head of state shortly after the incident.
Mrs Dalung passed on Sunday, January 29. The sad incident occurred not quite long after the president left the country on vacation.
He said some words of prayers for the departed soul and pledged his support to the family in their moment of grief.
4. Ibikunle Amosun
Ogun state governor is one of the closest governors to the president if not the most loved. Governor Ibikunle Amosun did not only talk to the president while he was on vacation, he was said to have traveled down to the UK to meet the president.
Pictures of them dining and chatting surfaced amidst the speculations that the president was in a vegetative state and has been confined to a hospital.
5. Hajiya Rakiya
Hajiya Rakiya is the only surviving elder sister of President Buhari. The 84-year-old woman revealed that she speaks with the president everyday. She urged Nigerians to keep praying for him to succeed in addressing the problems of the nation.
Rakiya also pleaded with people to pray for his well-being instead of spreading unsettling news about his health.
She emphasized that she has been in touch with him ever since he went to the UK on holiday; the blood relation of the president also added that President Buhari is always in a good spirit.
6. Alhaji Aminu Na-Dari
Aminu Na-Dari has been revealed to be one of the close allies of President Buhari. The former said he has been in constant touch with the president ever since he left the country. He also stressed that the conversation they have did not indicate that the president is having any health issue.
7. Hon. Yakubu Dogara
It has been revealed that the president gave Hon. Dogara a call recently. The tweet he dropped about the phone call showed that the president was concerned about the safety of Nigerians.
According to him, the president talked about what the legislature must do in order to ensure food security for all Nigerians.
Dogara said the president was deeply touched by the suffering of many Nigerians last year and do not want to see any of the ugly incidents of the past year to resurface. The president is well after all; alive and kicking.