The Presidency has reacted swiftly with a rebuttal to media reports earlier today (Saturday), that President Muhammadu Buhari is ill and is being treated at the presidential villa, saying the he (Buhari) is “hale and hearty.”
Premium Times had earlier reported that the president is having an infection in his left ear, otherwise called Meniere Disease, an illness which has drastically reduced his outings in recent days.
The online media house also averred that as a result of this, the president had to, on three recent occasions, cancel official trips within and outside the country, as he was then represented at those events by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
However, the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, dismissed the report as untrue, adding that his principal is “as fit as a fiddle.” The Cable reports.
He said: “Didn’t you see pictures of him receiving Anglican bishops yesterday (Friday)? Did he look sick? The president is as fit as a fiddle. Anyone who says he is sick is telling lies.”
“That is a figment of the person’s imagination. Just yesterday he received the primate of the Anglican Communion and arch bishops at the presidential villa. He also received former President Olusegun Obasanjo (pictured). He is hale and hearty. The imagination of whoever says that is on overdrive.”
On why the vice-president was asked to go to places the president initially planned to visit, Adesina said:
“The presidency is one. The president has a right to delegate duties to his deputy, who is the vice-president, and that is what he has done.”