Mon, Oct 02, 2023

What life has taught me in the last 50 days - Buhari

What life has taught me in the last 50 days - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has in a meeting with government functionaries at Aso Rock Villa, told the story of his sojourn abroad for almost 50 days. Jokes and smiles were also not far from his lips and face occasionally as he spoke.

His spoke about the wonders of technology and the importance of education alluding to the help he got through the application of advanced medical tools.

While thanking Nigerians for their fervent prayers and care, he said that his return on a weekend was deliberate to get some rest, meaning that he wouldn’t want too many visitors.

The President said the only way to pay Nigerians back was to rededicate himself for service to the people.

“I am deeply grateful to all Nigerians, Muslims and Christians alike who have prayed and continue to pray for my good health.

“This is a testimony that inspite of the hardship being experienced, Nigerians support the government in its efforts to tackle our country’s challenges.

“The best way for me to pay you all is to rededicate myself to serving you, protecting your interest and keeping your trust. I thank you very much.

“I feel much better now. All I will need is to do further follow ups within some weeks.

“Rather than sending delegations to Abuja to welcome me , May I appeal to our people to continue to pray for the country’s unity, progress and prosperity. I thank you very much and may God bless our country.

“For me I feel that I was a little more tired than I probably was in the last eighteen months. Whatever the case , I am very grateful that Nigerians are appreciative of what all of us are doing as a group. I am very pleased with them.

“I was also cost conscious and I think the Vice President knows about the expenditure. So please if you are clever enough re-route your way, on your official duties either from US back to Nigeria.

“I am very conscious of the economy. I have rested as much as humanly possible, I have received the best of treatment anyone ilI could receive. I couldn’t recall being so sick since I was a young man, including the military with its ups and downs.

“I Found out that technology is going so fast that if you have a lot of confidence you better keep it because you need it.

“There were also blood transfusions, going to the laboratories, and so on and so forth, but I am very pleased that we, when I say we, I mean the government and the people all over are trying to keep up with technology. I couldn’t recall when last I had blood transfusion, I couldn’t recall honestly I can say in my seventy years.

“I cannot remember this drug that Nigerians take so much, a very common drug, all the same I think one of our terrible thing is self medication. We have to trust our doctors more and trust ourselves more, I realised they only take drugs when it is absolutely necessary. They don’t just swallow anything

“Having said all these, I am pleased that I am back, I am pleased that the Vice President enjoyed this break and he has to do much more this time around. Youth and intellect is squarely behind him, age and purely military experience is behind me.

“Continue to do the work, Nigeria will continue whether we are here or not and my single most important advise is take education of everybody under your responsibility very seriously, your children, our relatives, our constituencies. We must do more on education.

“I deliberately came back towards the weekend, so that the Vice President will continue and I will continue to rest. Thank You very much”. The President was later driven to his official residence to get some rest.


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